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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 @ Prohibition 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.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

CD Review: Paul Edis – Just Like Me/Not Like Me

Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell)
Paul Edis’ new CD is a two-disc recording of compositions for solo piano. Recorded at the Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle on 22nd July 2013 and 5th June 2015 on the Edis Music label the release documents the pianist’s exploration of the art of solo improvisation. The gatefold CD design invites the listener to choose the first disc (to the left hand side) Just Like Me. This is the most recent recording and there is the temptation to listen to the other, earlier disc, first.
Temptation resisted, Just Like Me was first into the CD player. Twelve tracks (eight Edis’ compositions, four others variously ‘jazz standard’ and ‘traditional’) of considered piano playing illustrate the pianist’s innate sensitivities to compositional structure, the physical relationship with the keyboard and that most elusive quality…taste. Classical training has afforded Edis a command of his chosen instrument and the opening two tracks – Montage and Murmuration – suggest classicism is ever present in his thought processes.
Jazz improvisation is upper most on tracks such as the eponymous Just Like Me and John Coltrane’s Giant Steps. A reworking of Greensleeves and the commissioned composition For Kathleen are masterful performances, as is Percy Grainger’s Country Gardens.
The second disc – Not Like Me – was first made available as a download. This double CD release makes it an essential purchase for the audiophile. Twelve tracks (nine Edis’ tunes, two instantly recognisable popular music tunes and a jazz standard), recorded almost two years before the first disc, are of the same high quality. Pulse opens the disc and there is a clearly delineated pulse running throughout the piece. Indeed, a rhythmic pulse or flow is discernable across several tracks, notably My Favourite Things (track nine). Vignette has an interesting effect on the listener…Who’s that by? The realisation that it is by Paul Edis is disconcerting because it is so familiar! The opening notes of Bring Me Sunshine raise a smile every time. Edis takes the tune for a walk, laughing all the way. Dudley Moore and others would have approved. Sunrise closes the recording (Sunset closes the first CD).
The CD was recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered by Adam Sinclair and produced by Adam Sinclair and Paul Edis. Cover design by Kate Edis.
Just Like Me/Not Like Me by Paul Edis is available on Edis Music.
Just Like Me/Not Like Me is a five star recording. CD of the Year.
Russell.                        

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