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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! --

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.

Friday, January 10, 2014

CD Review: Get The Blessing: Lope and Antilope

This is the Bristol based band’s fourth album. The rhythm section comprises of Portishead drummer Clive Deamer and their sometimes live bass player Jim Barr.  Pete Judge on Trumpet and Jake McMurchie on saxophone complete the quartet. There is also a guest appearance by guitarist Adrian Utley - another member of the legendary band named after the town to be found 8 miles west of Bristol.
(Review by Steve Horowitz)
Quiet gently opens up the proceedings with Miles-like trumpet and Theremin-like saxophone playing. Little Ease uses all sorts of electronic wizardry to great aplomb pumping up the action as we move up and down through the gears. Corniche is a fairly gentle tune dominated by Judge’s trumpet with some neat work by the rhythm section. 
The second half of the title Antilope is saxophone led before Barr’s bass really gets to work and finishes with another fine Judge trumpet solo. Luposcope is the most ambient piece encompassing more expert use of electronicary. Viking Death Moped is a blast from start to finish and really does conjure up the image of hordes of Nordic invaders mounted on motorized horses cruising though the neighbourhood. The following 3 tracks Hope, Trope and Lope  not only rhyme but also reinforce the great  collaborative work of the entire band, from the throbbing bass of Hope  through to the triumphant fanfare of Lope. Numbers builds gently, almost classically,  before a fierce bass and drum attack closes the album.
I have heard other reviewers (Jamie Callum to name but one) single out the ex Portishead members for special mention but personally I think this is disingenuous to the other not so famous members of the band who contribute just as much to this thoroughly enjoyable album as a whole. The band’s use of modern technology keeps the music fresh, alive and always interesting. In conclusion Lope and Antilope certainly ‘gets my blessing’.      
 Get The Blessing: Lope and Antilope will be available on Naim Records from January 14, 2014.
Steve H.


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