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Bebop Spoken There

Charlie Musselwhite: "I used to see these posters in the windows of the [Chicago] blues clubs advertising Elmore James and Muddy Waters which knocked me out. I was making a note of the addresses and at night I'd go back and listen to the blues until 4-5 in the morning." - (Blues Matters! Aug/Sep 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.

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13,530 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 948 of them this year alone and, so far, 112 this month (July 31).

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Marlena Shaw - The Sage - Jan 28. Report by Jim McD.

There is something of the raunchy, good-time girl, about Marlena Shaw which instantly connects with the audience; Dee Dee Bridgewater and Tina Turner also have this 'hipnotic' appeal.
Backed by her 'Dream Team', a quintet reminiscent of the Grover Washington band of the 1970's who laid down juicy Hammond chords, funky bass lines and lyrical passages from tenor sax or flute, Marlena served up a cocktail of Soul, Gospel and Blues. With proportionate measures of R&B, Funk and Disco added, the heady brew was both shaken and stirred with such verve that the result was a potion that intoxicated her audience to such a degree that they would have followed her anywhere.
Although not a night of straight ahead Jazz - more a mixture of 'Grooves' - the highlight for me was a tour de force rendition of Lionel Hampton's 'Hey-ba-ba-re-bop' that really set the place on fire. An evening of musical adventure then with Marlena's charisma winning through to the last chorus!
Previously, local act 'Damascus' played their own brand of Soul and were well received.
Jim.

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