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Dave Holland: "Back then, one of my first gigs was with Wally Fawkes and Johnny Parker at the Crown and Anchor in Islington, playing music that went back to the days of King Oliver. And I've always enjoyed the joyousness of that music, and the sound of everybody fitting together beautifully, improvising together." - Jazzwise, August 2021.

Archive quotes.

Steve Race: "The personnel is different, notably in the inclusion of Ben Webster, always, to my mind, a rather half-hearted tenor player" - Musical Express, 16-9-49.

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

13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

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 18, 2013

CD Review: Keith Jarrett - No End

Jarrett (Electric Guitars, Electric Bass,Drums, Tabla, Percussion, Voice, Recorder, Piano).
(Review by Steve H.)  
Keith Jarrett is one of the finest musicians to ever have graced this earth.
However, this double CD is a strange one. It appears to be an extended jam session, though not a one the Women’s Institute would be likely to hold. Stranger still is that, despite a vast array of instruments played, there is only performer -  Keith Jarrett.
No End was recorded in 1986 in Jarrett’s home studio  with 2 Tandberg Cassette recorders and used over-dubbing to layer all the instruments. It's fairly ambient electro jazz rock driven largely by electric guitar and drums (2 of Jarrett’s self confessed true loves). The tracks are very imaginatively named. CD1 contains tunes I-X and CD2 XI-XX. My own particular favourite is track XII which reminded me of Miles Davis’s In a Silent Way.
Definitely a curious offering and for those expecting to hear the great piano albums that  Jarrett is famous for (e.g.  Koln Concert, Standards Trio) you may be disappointed.  Nevertheless, fans of the great man (of which I must admit to being) will find it reflective , interesting and enjoyable.
Available this month on ECM.
Steve H.

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