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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.
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Postage

13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Monday, November 05, 2012

CD Review: Borders Breach

(Review by Russell).
Borders the new album from Breach is like a teasing firework - lit, ready to explode. The beauty of it is it never quite goes BANG! The trio fizzes along, engaged in an exercise of   collective restraint and they succeed in some style.
In concert guitarist Graeme Stephen sits down to play - not for him the axe man pose - and it is likely that the recording of this new release saw him seated alongside Paul Harrison (organ and electronics) and Chris Wallace (drums and percussion). The trio of ex-pat Canadian Wallace (the man of the thousand yard stare), Englishman Harrison and Stephen work through eight compositions (three written by Wallace, four by Harrison and one traditional Macedonian folk melody arranged by Stephen). The Stephen arrangement of Nakedonsko opens the album with no little humour. Subsequent tunes are hewn from a darker seam, the groove decidedly down beat, subverted by a retro vibe. Harrison tips his hat at the Hammond masters of an earlier generation, threatens to go leftfield, thinks better of it and falls in line. Wallace’s Judgement swings effortlessly as Stephen’s guitar and (minimal) electronics sprawl across the landscape (a landscape populated by the ghosts of Gary Boyle’s Isotope, Joe Morris’ decidedly over the border leftfield sound and Celtic compatriot Mark McKnight). The eponymous Borders (comp. Harrison) features the propulsive drumming of Wallace and Harrison is let loose on Harumph (comp. Wallace). Breach can be heard in concert on Thursday November 8 at the Central Bar in Gateshead.
The CD Borders (BREACHCD02) is out now.
Russell                                

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