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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).

Monday, January 11, 2016

CD Review: Hannes Riepler - Wild Life

Hannes Riepler (gtr); Chris Cheek (sax): Oli Hayhurst (bs); James Maddren (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Two hipsters meet in a bar near Ronnie's. One of them is in shock. "I can't believe it man but I heard it with my own ears!"
"Heard what man?"
"A CD and, wait for it, James Maddren wasn't on drums!"
"Have you checked with A & E?"
"First thing man, he ain't there."
"Must be a crap CD then!
Slightly exaggerated I know but James does seem to turn up in many guises.
Justifiably so, as this disc demonstrates.
A drummer, a man for all seasons. Along with Olie Hayhurst, the pair provide the impetus for some beautiful playing from Chris Cheek - an American and, no, it isn't an Art Salt cover up! However, Cheek does display many of Pepper's qualities - lyricism, exploration, sound and an ability to extract everything from the material at hand.
Riepler, an Austrian now an integral part of the London scene, proves to be the perfect foil for Cheek's explorations, his own chordal machinations adding to the mix and, forever bursting forth solowise like the first cuckoo in spring.
As the blurb says "This is not fast food music" - it isn't. But, if music is indeed the food of love, I'll dine out on this for a long time.
They tour in January.
12 - Cardiff.
14 - Cambridge.
15 - London.
19 - Innsbruck
Now they've got 4 days between London and Innsbruck... nah! - just a thought...
Lance.
Hannes Riepler - Wild Life available on Jellymould from February 8.

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