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Bebop Spoken There

Clare Teal: "If you're brought up in a working-class family, you haven't got money for records so everything you get hold of, you treasure, learn to love, and I loved those Ella tapes." - (Radio Times 23-29 January 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".

Wednesday January 27

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KYRIAKI PANTELIDOU & RAY CARLESS

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12,399 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 118 of them this year alone and, so far, 118 this month (Jan. 25).

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

RIP Chico Hamilton

Some jazz deaths hit you harder than others and the knowledge that Chico Hamilton died yesterday (Nov. 25) floored me even though he was 92 which is an age few drummers seem to reach.
I don't think I ever heard him live but it was his elegant brush work on the first Gerry Mulligan Quartet recordings that attracted me to him. This was in an age when Krupa, Rich, and the emerging Art Blakey were combining volume with showmanship and selling excitement by the dollar.
Hamilton was the complete opposite, tasteful, subtle, living proof that the rapier can be more effective than the cutlass or the claymore.
His career moved in many directions after Mulligan - his own groups, writing, teaching... 
Chico Hamilton - one of the all-time greats.
Sadly missed.
Obituary.
Lance.

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