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Bebop Spoken There

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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

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

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).

Monday, November 05, 2012

ACV @ The Bridge. Sunday Nov. 4

Andy Champion (bs); Graeme Wilson (ten/bar); Mark Williams (gtr); Paul Edis (pno); Adrian Tilbrook (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
A brilliant session - who could say otherwise? This is The Cream of north-east contemporary jazz. Five guys at the top of their game - it would be difficult, if not impossible, to replace any of them.
The sets were based around their previously released album Fail in Wood.  One of the best ever albums made by a local band, tonight's live performances were perhaps the perfect examples of the band going for it - kicking ass - we are the champions (well at least one of them was) - it was tremendous.
Amazingly, Andy announced after each number that the band would probably never play these pieces again! Okay, so they've got a new CD coming out in the Spring but to discard this wonderful music so flippantly and - to not even have copies of the CD at hand to flog - makes me wonder at the marketing strategy of jazz people!
That said, and I'm sure there are deeper motives behind all this bizarreness, it was a terrific gig. Graeme blew baritone that reminded me of hearing John Surman for the first time. Mark, Paul and Andy were "merely, absolutely  superb" and Adrian - well, Adrian displayed just how tastefully you can kick seven shades out of a Gretsch kit - in fact I think AT may have kicked 8 plus!
But, if you guys don't intend to ever play these tunes again,, I'm just thankful that Bird and Beethoven, Monk and Mozart or Ellington and Elgar didn't choose to go down that road.
Photos.
Lance.

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