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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" - - New Musical Express, 16-9-1949.

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

13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

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).

Friday, January 22, 2016

CD Review: Allison Au - Forest Groove.

Allison Au (alt); Todd Pentney (pno/keys/B3); John Maharaj (bs); Fabio Ragnelli (dms); Felicity Williams (vcl - 3 tracks).
(Review by Lance).
Apart from Oscar Peterson, I've never thought of Canada as anything other than a poor relation of the USA in jazz terms - a big brother in many other ways I hasten to add! However, back in 2014 I heard the Allison Au Quartet's first album The Sky Was Pale Blue Then Grey  and I was impressed. That impressiveness remains with this new album.

Canada has found a new jazz ambassador - I'm sure Oscar would  agree even though,or possibly because, she played a different instrument!
What is sure is that, irrespective of sexism - or should it be saxism? Allison indicates that the bar has been raised from that superb first album. 
Original compositions, drawn from a myriad of genres - Latin, ballad, swing, rock (ish) - the girl (there I've said it!) proves to be not only a superb jazz sax player but also a composer of considerable merit, Imagine hearing Paul Desmond today - inventive, exploratory, but not aiming for Planet X, just maybe Jupiter or Mars. You've got the picture.
Add the rhythm section and maybe Allison has Saturn within reach - next stop Uranus!
The band tour Canada during Feb/March with a couple of gigs down in LA and another cross border trip to Portland Oregon (Say hello to Becky Kilgore for me!)
Lance
Book me on a flight to Toronto!

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