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Bebop Spoken There

Lew Shaw (Syncopated Times' columnist): "My interest [at 95] is in classic jazz. The numbers aren't what they were 40 years ago, but I'm encouraged by the number of young musicians playing that style and the young audiences they attract." - (The Syncopated Times January 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".

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12,369 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 88 of them this year alone and, so far, 88 this month (Jan. 18).

Monday January 18

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUSAN TOBOCMAN & ANDY PANAYI.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

ACV @ Kings Hall, Newcastle Uni.

Andy Champion (bs), Graeme Wilson (ten/bar), Mark Williams (gtr), Paul Edis (pno), Adrian Tilbrook (dms).
The portraits looked down from the walls. I was reminded of the opera Ruddigore where the portrayed ancestors came to life.
I wondered how the subjects of portraits in Kings Hall would handle coming to life 'midst an ACV gig?
I'd like to think they enjoyed it as much as I did.
Not that there weren't problems.
The acoustics, full of booming echoes did the band no favours despite an intensive sound check. Mark had some guitar amp hang-ups that were only sorted by a change of amp.
This meant that the band weren't heard at their 100% best. Nevertheless, 90% ACV is equal to most band's 120% if that makes sense.
What I like about ACV is that they are a jazz group seeking to extend the music's horizons without knocking down the walls. All five can operate in any genre you care to name but it is as a forceful contemporary unit such as this where they truly blossom.
I'm not going to single out - they've all been well documented within these pages 'cept to mention that, with every gig, Andy takes on a whiter shade of Mingus and a bass sound near as full.
Can you think of a better way to spend 50 minutes on a Thursday afternoon?
Lance.

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