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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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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"


15245 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 264 of them this year alone and, so far, 77 this month (March 25).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 28: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 28: Sanaz Lavasani Trio @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. £12.00 (£10.00. adv).

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 30: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £2.00. All welcome.
Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. Back to 1:00pm stomp off. Free.
Thu 30: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm. Free.
Thu 30: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 31: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. CANCELLED! Back next week (April 7).
Fri 31: Jasmine Myra + Waclaw Zimpel @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Fri 31: The Revolutionaires @ The Shack, Boldon Colliery. 7:30pm. £10.00. The Revolutionaires' big band (horn section) line-up.
Fri 31: Andrew McCormack @ Maltings, Berwick. 8:00pm. £20.00.

Sat 01: The Big Easy @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 01: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning - In a Minor Key. £25.00. Enrol at:
Sat 01: Hot Club du Nord @ Pleased to Meet You, Bridge St., Morpeth. 8:00pm. £79.00. A charity fundraising event.
Sat 01: Boys of Brass @ Stack, Seaburn. 7:00-9:00pm.
Sat 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00. RESCHEDULED to next week (Sat 08).

Sun 02: Smokin' Spitfires @ The Cluny. 12:45pm.
Sun 02: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Mon 03: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Friday, September 30, 2022

Album review: Brian Lynch & Spheres of Influence – Songbook Vol. 2: Dance The Way U Want To (Hollistic MusicWorks)

Brian Lynch (trumpet); Aldo Salvent, Chris Thompson-Taylor (tenor sax); Kemuel Roig, Alex Brown (piano); Rodner Pedilla (electric bass); Hilario Bell (drums); Murphy Aucamp (percussion).

Latin Jazz, Afro-Caribbean rhythms; they say the hips don’t lie but mine have been known to tell a few fibs in their time. What should go left goes right and vice-versa and I have an ASBO prohibiting me from twerking by court order. But two minutes of this and things are moving, maybe going with the flow and letting your legs, unconsciously, do their thing is the answer and your arse will follow.

Lynch, himself, is one of the last of the Art Blakey alumni, playing with the great man in 1988-1990 and appearing on two albums. This after playing with Horace Silver and the Tokisho Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra in the eighties. Since then he’s released a couple of dozen of his own albums and recorded with Eddie Palmieri and Tito Puente so the Latin vibe is strong in this one. Lynch now teaches at the University of Miami and this is the Miami version of Spheres of Influence.

Songbook Volume 2 was released in July and comes with an extra CD of radio versions and one alternate take. (Vol 1: Bus Stop Serenade, with a completely different quintet, was released last year). There’s a core quartet of trumpet, bass, drums and percussion (lots of percussion) with the other musicians appearing on different tracks as needed. It’s bold, bright and clear and rattles along, all uncompromising elbows and flights of joy. All of the tracks are over 7 minutes long and this gives plenty of time for all involved to really dig in.

It’s mainly covers of tunes from across Lynch’s recording career with two new tunes in The Disco Godfather and E.P’s Plan B with the latter opening the album and we’re straight into it. All these rhythms, all this percussion and Lynch setting his stall out as someone who can fly with both feet on the ground. What’s not to like? A slower passage features Aldo Salvent’s sinuous contemplative tenor.

Change of Plan is a tune Lynch first recorded in 1986 and it’s aged well. A simple bebop phrase is the structure for a series of long well developed solos from Lynch, Kelly and, especially Roig. Even the more mellow tunes, as this is, retain the rhythm and set the toes a-tapping.

Across the Bridge sounds like hard work for Lynch; he’s holding back a tidal wave from the back line who are pushing him on and he meets the challenge with a soaring solo.

It’s altogether slinkier with Dance The Way U Want To. It’s more Latin than Afro-Caribbean but no less fun for that. Chris Thompson-Taylor and Kemuel Roig take the lead before Lynch kicks it up again.

The other new track, The Disco Godfather, dedicated to black humourist and film maker Rudy Ray Moore, opens with a chuckling duet between tenor (Salvent again) and trumpet that borders on free jazz before a propulsive bass line comes in underneath. It continues as a discussion between the two leads; it sounds like a long conversation between old friends, one of who is suggesting new ideas and the other is shooting them down, with different tempi, call and response sections, disagreements and conclusions.

Thompson-Taylor and Roig take the lead again on Tom Harrell on tenor and piano respectively, challenging each other before the rhythm section comes to the fore. Everything is clean, powerful, dynamic and precise. It is wonderful driving funk. A blistering solo from Lynch tops it all off like the cherry on the icing. A great track.

Que Seria La Vida is a shuffling bolero at a lower tempo. The lights are lowered with no drop in intensity as the percussionists still cover the bases. It’s a slow, late night ballad featuring a duet between Lynch and Alex Brown on piano that owes a little to The Shadow of Your Smile. It’s one for after closing hours, ties and tongues are loosened. Another thing of elegance and beauty, full of romantic yearning.

Closer Awe Shocks takes us back up to where we’ve been for most of the album. It’s another high-speed hurtle through solos by Alex Brown and CT-T before Lynch reminds us whose group this is, punching holes in the sky, he’s taking us higher again. Dust off those cowbells, claves and wooden blocks and join in.

A few extra points go to Robin D Williams for the artwork.

Songbook Vol 2 is available now through this BANDCAMP link. The CD comes with an extra disc of one alternate take and 8 radio edits, all still worth hearing, even if they are, in the main abridged versions of what’s on Disc 1. Dave Sayer

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