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Bebop Spoken There

John Scofield: "I like architecture that lends itself to improvisation." - (Jazzwise November, 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

13,837 (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.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

CD Review: Manhattan Brass - Manhattan Holiday

Wayne Du Maine, Lew Soloff (tpts); Michael Seltzer (tmb); David Taylor (bs tmb); R.J.Kelley or Ann Ellsworth (Fr. horn).
(Review by Lance).
Christmas isn't my favourite time of year - too much turkey, false bonhomie and hackneyed tunes. So when I unpacked this latest seasonal gift from across the sea the words "Bah Humbug" or possibly something even stronger may have passed my lips!
However, when you've got Carla Bley or Jack Walrath doing the arrangements, then you know that Santa ain't gonna get stuck in no chimney!
Most of the songs/carols here will pop up on a lot of Christmas albums that have been issued since time immemorial but I guarantee they won't sound like this. For example, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen has a distinctly Take Five feel to it.
No schmaltzy vocals, not even a drummer going "Ho! Ho! Ho!" during Jingle Bells. These are carefully crafted arrangements with the emphasis on the rich harmonies and the (mainly) trumpet solos. Lots of growling in the Ducal tradition but also some cool modern solos and clever intertwining lines.
It's not a Christmas party record but rather one to relax with after the guests have gone, you've swept up the broken glass, pacified the neighbours, pledged a contribution to a police charity and let it all hang out under the mistletoe. I'll rephrase that last sentence. A time to unwind and enjoy the music and whatever food and drink the departed "friends" have left you..
Lance.

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