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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

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13823 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 42 of them this year alone and, so far, 42 this month (Jan. 12).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Sat 15: Elsadie & the Bobcats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm..

Sun 16 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 16: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 16: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 16: Garner-Pope Duo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 17: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Album review: Brandon Goldberg - In Good Time

Brandon Goldberg (piano, Rhodes); Josh Evans (trumpet); Stacy Dillard (tenor, soprano sax); Luques Curtis (bass); Ralph Peterson (drums) + Antoine Drye (trumpet - 1 tk).

Brandon Goldberg was 15 when he recorded this, his second album, just under a year ago. He also arranged most of the tunes as well as composing some originals. What an amazing talent. Not only does he swing like a hardened pro but his sensitivity on a ballad whether soloing or accompanying has to be heard to be believed. His unaccompanied rendition of Someone to Watch Over me is up there with the gods. Tatum, Peterson, Garner and co may be long gone but there is no shortage  of would be successors and Goldberg is surely high among them.

The album is made all the more significant for two very different reasons inasmuch as it introduces us to an exciting new talent  and, poignantly, says farewell to a long established talent. Drummer Ralph Peterson died this year and this is possibly his final recording. 

Goldberg, Peterson and Curtis have a trio workout on Monk's Dream that is quite amazing. Hard to imagine that one so young shows so much maturity in his playing and that the other, still in his prime at 58, would be gone in less than four months time 

Of course, there's more to the album than Goldberg and Peterson. The two horns keep the pot boiling with some paintstripping blasts with Dillard going for the jugular and Evans alternating between Miles and, say, Freddie Hubbard.

Well worth checking out if you're thinking of giving up your piano lessons - the benchmark is set - you know what you're aiming for!

Available as of today (Sept. 17)

Check out this preview video. Lance

Authority; Circles; Time; Nefertiti; Monk's Dream; Stella by Starlight; El Procrastinador; Someone  to Watch Over me; Ninety-six; Send in the Clowns.

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