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Bebop Spoken There

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.
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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

13,490 (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 25, 2013

Ollie Howell Quintet @ The Bridge Hotel Newcastle. November 24.

Ollie Howell (dms); Nick Perry (tpt); Duncan Eagles (ten); Matt Robinson (pno); Max Luthert (bs).
My review a couple of months back of Howell's CD Sutures and Stitches more or less summed up tonight's gig although, in truth, no CD can compare with hearing a band live within the confines of  a small venue such as the upstairs room of the Bridge Hotel.
The two horn frontline blow contemporary hard bop with a suggestion of what Clifford Brown/Max Roach or Art Blakey/Horace Silver may have sounded like had they been around 50 years later. Powered on by Howell's drumming, Luthert's bass and some incredible keyboard work from Robinson this is a band that looks to the future whilst taking on board the past.
All but one of the numbers played were from the above mentioned CD. Paradoxically, the exception, Time Will Tell, was, I thought, their best number! Not that it matters as they were all brilliantly performed and the less than full room seemed to agree.
Splinter @ The Bridge Photos.
Lance 

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