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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15087 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 106 of them this year alone and, so far, 4 this month (Feb. 1).

From This Moment On ...

February

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibiton Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Joshua Redman @ Jazz en la Costa, Almunecar, Spain, July 21

Joshua Redman (sax) , Aaron Goldberg (piano), Reuben Rogers (bass) and Gregory Hutchinson (drums).
(Review by JC). 
Almunecar is a very pretty coastal town on the Costa Tropical in Southern Spain. One thing it's famous for is being the town where Laurie Lee ended up after his epic walk through the length of the country in 1936 with just a fiddle and a loaf of bread in a knotted handkerchief on the end of a stick as luggage. Unfortunately, he arrived in the middle of the Spanish civil war and things were a bit dangerous as the next town along was on a different side to Almunecar, so eventually he had to be rescued by the British navy. He later wrote about his adventures in his book As I walked Out One Midsummer Morning.
Although it is not reported whether Lee played jazz on his fiddle, Almunecar's other claim to fame is that it has hosted a stylish and quirky jazz festival for over 25 years. The location of the concerts must be one of the coolest and most idyllic around as they take place in wonderful tropical gardens beneath an old floodlit castle. The gardens are full of palms and banana trees and there are pieces of interesting sculpture dotted here and there. The open stage sits underneath the castle in front of much tropical greenery and the musicians are sometimes accompanied by squawky scat from cockatoos and parrots as they fly by. And it wouldn't be a total surprise if a ring-tailed lemur was to swing down from the trees and have a quick thrash on the drums ('Yo! lemur' as a recent visiting American musician might say, hopefully not too many times).
There are rows of seats in front of the stage for people who just want to listen to the music, while further back there are tables with red lights (like an old style al fresco Ronnie Scott's) for those who want to drink, talk and also listen. It all works perfectly.
As well as the Joshua Redman Quartet, this year's programme offered Tord Gustavsen from Norway, Dave Holland, singer and composer Zara McFarlane and Charles Lloyd, amongst others. Not a bad selection.
Redman and his colleagues were in great form going straight into one of his own tunes played at full volume and pace. Surprisingly the second tune was Summertime ('but not as you know it, Lance'). This one included a brilliant, fifteen minute piano solo from Aaron Goldberg which crossed summertime with wintertime, Greenwich Mean Time, time after time and the space/time continuum to dismantle and reconstruct the original tune. The drummer had something to say about this as well. When Redman came back in for his second solo he played a number of beautiful Coltranesque phrases to return to the original tune, as well as managing some exuberant leg kicks.
Impressively, Redman did his best to make his announcements in Spanish although sometimes it drifted into Spanglish and bits of French but the local crowd appreciated it, even if it meant I couldn't understand most of it. So, picking up on the few words I could hear, it appeared that the next tune was written by a rock band from New York, but turned out to be another fiery jazz piece with no discernable rock features as far as I could tell. A number of what seemed to be classical inspired pieces followed with incredibly elegant solos from both Redman and Goldberg on piano. As the night went on the pieces became more musically complex with one number having a long and intricate bass intro before the rest of the band took on the theme and developed it further. For one tune the piano player retired from view and Redman played an extended solo intro, which included both more leg kicks but also, in amongst the torrent of notes, what sounded like double bass sounds. I looked at Reuben Rogers to see if his hands were moving but they were still resting on top of the bass, so they had to be coming from the saxophone.
This was one of those red-hot, but at the same time, cool bands who play with what appears to be such effortless technique yet still seem to be really enjoying themselves. The crowd (and the cockatoos) loved it and the band played an encore to a standing ovation. The happy crowd then drifted off quietly into the balmy night for a glass of wine and some tapas at a bar down by the beach. Nice.
JC

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