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Pat Thomas: “He’s definitely one to watch, he's going to be a breath of fresh air for the jazz scene. What I like is he [Xhosa Cole] plays like Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins - you don't hear anybody come from that. He knows tunes like "Fried Bananas" by Dexter Gordon and he can play free as well." - (The Wire September 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.
Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST! --

Postage

13,685 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1102 of them this year alone and, so far, 46 this month (Sept. 13).

From This Moment On ...

September

Fri 17: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Abbie Finn's Finntet @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington. 8:00pm.

Sat 18: Baghdaddies @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 18: David Gray Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 19: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 19: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Westbourne Road, Hartlepool TS25 5RB. 1:00pm. South Durham Social Club aka Steelworks or Steelies. New venue for Teesside's premier big band.
Sun 19: Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 19: Green Tangerines + Knats @ Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.
Sun 19: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 20: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public)
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Celebrating TITTB's 20th anniversary & Dave Weisser's forthcoming birthday! Limited gig tickets (£1.00.). Free live stream. www.jazz.coop.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

CD Review: Nina Simone Collector Edition.

(Review by Lance.)
Now  this  is  what  I call a classic! 19 tracks by one of the most versatile (insert your own genre)  performers  both as a singer and a pianist as well as a civil rights activist. My Baby Just Cares For Me - what pianist hasn't tried   to   emulate  Simone's  intro  and  solo?  Big  band  backing  for  a Stomping  at  the  Savoy  that draws comparison with Ella's version and loses  nothing  by  it. You've Been Gone Too Long has some scintillating, unidentified  but  vaguely familiar, trumpet work. The voice digs deep into pain  and  sorrow  on  Gin  House  Blues,  Wild  is  the  Wind, I'll Look Around, and Blue Prelude.

The jaunty I Love To Love, the wistful Where Can I Go Without You? Just Say I Love Him has more angst as well as a delightful piano introduction and some plaintive guitar lines intertwining with the vocal.
Forbidden Fruit a rockin' take on the scenario in the Garden of Eden that is an absolute hoot! Exactly Like You - laid back vocal and piano solo from one of several live performances.
The Other Woman is one of the most evocative songs ever written. Written, not surprisingly, by a woman, Jesse Mae Robinson, Simone injects the feeling the lyricist intended and maybe one or both were singing/writing from experience... Billie's Fine and Mellow is followed by Summertime as an instrumental and then again as a vocal that really does suggest that the living is easy and a piano accompaniment that builds up to a tremendous climax before easing off to let the voice draw it to a gentle close.
When Nina Simone left us in 2003 we said goodbye to one of the great voices.
Nina Simone Collector is released by Warner International on Sept. 10, 2012. - Samples.
Lance.

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