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Charlotte Keeffe: "I don't know what I'm going to play any more than you [the audience] do." - (Jazz North East/Jazz Co-op gig June 13, 2021)

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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".

'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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13,359 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 777 of them this year alone and, so far, 51 this month (June 13).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punchbowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm).

Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). CANCELLED TFN.

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). CANCELLED TFN.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Enescu re-Imagined @ The Sage.

Tony Malaby (saxophones); Ralph Alessi (trumpet); Lucian Ban (piano); Mat Maneri (viola); Albrecht Maurer (violin); Drew Gress (bass); Mark Ferber (drums); Badal Roy (tabla).
This Jazz North East/Sage promotion intrigued me. I knew nothing of the Romanian composer until this week and wondered how his works would morph into the jazz genre.If it was going to happen the above guys would make it but I had reservations...
Prior to the concert I reflected on life and the arts. There was an exhibition going on with lots of people and lots of paintings. The guests were drinking wine and eating nibbles but few seemed to be looking at the actual paintings - even fewer were listening to Charles Gordon who was playing some wonderful jazz piano - to me his notes painted a 1000 pictures.
Anyhow,,, back to Bucharest.
It took me a long time to get into the music although it did create a desire to hear the original material in classical form.
The players obviously had love and affection for the work of Enescu and, gradually, that feeling emerged..
The soloists were respectful of the melodies and didn't create too much anarchy and indeed, at times, a little more anarchy would have been welcome!. .
And guess what? I came away, respecting, admiring and wanting to know more about Enescu whom Yehudi Menuhin described as the composer of the next century!
Lance.

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