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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.

Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Fri 27: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm. SOLDOUT!
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Hip Hop Hooray @ Bar 52, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Fri 27: John Dikeman, Pat Thomas, John Edwards, Steve Noble @ Lit & Phil. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 27: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £10.00. on the door. A Swung Eight event.
Fri 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Ragtime & stride piano. 8:00pm.

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

CD Review: Nicky Schrire - Space And Time: Songs For Voice and Piano

Nicky Schrire (voice and arrangements) ; Fabian Almazan, Gerald Clayton, Gil Goldstein (piano, various tracks)
(Review by Ann Alex.)
Lance handed this CD to me and said ‘This is jazz Lieder’, and he couldn't have been more right.  These well-sung songs with beautiful piano accompaniment are as skilled as any song cycle from Schubert or Mahler.  Ms Schrire performs with a youthful, unaffected tone, tender yet strong, with subtle improvisation and an unusual type of vocalese on some tracks, which wanders far from the tune but always returns to base.

There are 4 original songs: A Song For A Simple Time (a cheerful celebration of song with the piano doing a fairground type of tune, round and round, and lyrics such as ‘collect all the notes and then set them free’.): And So I Sing (the singer compares herself to a bird and the piano soars upwards): When You Go (a sad love song, sung pleadingly) Space & Time, the final track, which has a spiritual feel.  Add to that 4 standards, You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You; I Wish You Love; Someone To Watch Over Me; and Say It Isn't So and 4 general rock-type songs Teardrop; Bless The Telephone; Seliyana and George Harrison’s  Here Comes The Sun, and you have a well-balanced collection. For example, Someone To Watch Over Me has the verse sung a capella, discreet piano and pleasing wandering vocalese. Seliyana has an African sound, (wish I knew more about this song) and Bless The Telephone sings the praises of the part played by that piece of equipment in love affairs!
I’ll be extremely pleased to add this CD to my collection.
Nicky Schrire - Space And Time is released on September 10 on Magenta Records.
Ann Alex


1 comment :

Nicky Schrire (on F/b) said...

"Lance handed this CD to me and said ‘This is jazz Lieder’, and he couldn't have been more right. These well-sung songs with beautiful piano accompaniment are as skilled as any song cycle from Schubert or Mahler."

Thanks to Ann Alex (and Lance Liddle!) at Bebop Spoken Here for this nice review! I love the above quote. I'll take it.

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