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JD Allen: " in itself is now a luxury that you need a lot of finances to do." - (DownBeat October 2021)

The Things They Say!

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".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST! --


13,822 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1239 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 18).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 18: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Friday, October 01, 2021

Album Review: Cathy Segal-Garcia – Social Anthems Volume 1

Cathy Segal-Garcia (vocals); Anthony Wilson (guitar); Josh Nelson (piano); Lorca Hart (drums); Edwin Livingston (bass); Paul Jost (vocals, harmonica track 3); Mon David (vocals track 6)

This album consists of six non-jazz songs from the past which were specially chosen by Ms Segal-Garcia for their social meaning. Firstly we have For What It's Worth (Stephen Stills), a protest song of the 1960s, short effective bursts of song, ending with a recording of a protesting crowd. This is followed by an original song from our singer, What Are We Gonna Do?, about finding which road to follow in order to put things right, with guitar and percussion moving the song along.

And So It Goes (Billy Joel) is a duet sung by Ms Segal-Garcia with Paul Jost speaking his lines alternately, concerning the working out of a love affair.  Peter Gabriel's Down To Earth has interesting lyrics about the evolution of the human race; Get Together (Chet Powers) is combined with Can't Find My Way Home (Steve Winwood) and is sung with feeling to a rippling piano. The final track, Save The Children, (Marvin Gaye, Al Cleveland, Renaldo Benson) is about environmental issues, as suggested by the title.

Ms Segal-Garcia has a pleasing full-toned voice and the instrumentalists do their stuff well, with a good jazz feel, especially from piano and guitar. However I preferred some tracks more than others. For instance the Billy Joel song (I admit that Joel is not my favourite lyricist, too self-indulgent) was too dramatic for my taste, with the vocals almost musical theatre style, and the final track was a missed opportunity, rather overdone. Interested readers must listen and judge for themselves. 

Ms Segal-Garcia is a prolific recording and performing jazz artist who is a mainstay of the Los Angeles jazz scene. This is her 14th CD as leader and she has chosen to work with notable musicians from the Southern California jazz community.

The album is available here, there and everywhere. -
Ann Alex

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