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Bebop Spoken There

John McDonough (reviewing Bright Red Dog’s In Vivo): “When you improvise on nothing, that’s what you get”. - DownBeat August 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.

Postage

13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

From This Moment On

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jakTar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Rod Sinclair & Jim Birkett @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.

Rod Sinclair (left), Jim Birkett (gtrs).
What a delightful vignette. Every guitar player on the Planet Earth and beyond should have been crammed into The Bridge to listen and learn from these two masters of their craft. As it was, the gathering was small, albeit select. Admitedly it wasn't an evening for venturing forth weatherwise but musicwise it should have been unmissable - after all these years I still cannot fathom the jazz audience - fickle is the word that springs to mind.
However, as I've said so many times - it's their loss.
A choice selection of works from jazz masters past and present - Eddie Lang to Pat Metheny - saw Rod and Jim interpret them brilliantly.
This was the perfect partnership alternating lead and rhythm as befitted the piece with Rod's acoustic sound complementing Jim's jazzier electric sound - and vice-versa.
Just look at the set list:
Stagefright - Dick McDonough/Carl Kress.
Gentle Rain - Luis Bonfa.
Autumn Leaves - Django(ish).
Eddie's Twister - Eddie Lang/Lonnie Johnson.
Skating in Central Park - John Lewis.
Suite for Two Guitars - original.
Dedication - Albert Harris.
Nuages - Django.
Always and Forever - Pat Metheny.
Feeling My Way - McDonough/Kress.
In Your Own Sweet Way - Brubeck.
A Bireli Lagrene piece.
Uno Praisie - Luis Bonfa.
Need I say more?
Lance.

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