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Farewell Blues

R.I.P. HRH Queen Elizabeth ll (1926 - Sept. 8, 2022).
R.I.P. Trevor Tomkins (1941 - Sept. 9, 2022).
R.I.P. Gordon McGregor (Sept. 11, 2022).
R.I.P. Ramsey Lewis (1935 - Sept. 12, 2022).
R.I.P. Pharoah Sanders (Oct. 13, 1940 - Sept. 24, 2022).

Bebop Spoken There

Larry Klein: "- in a certain way - Leonard [Cohen] is the greatest songwriter ever." - (Jazzwise October 2022)

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

14581 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 859 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Sept. 21).

From This Moment On ...

September

Sun 25: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 25: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. CANCELLED!
Sun 25: Skylla + Pete Wareham-Ruth Goller-Will Glaser @ Bobik’s, Punch Bowl, Jesmond, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 26: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 27: Beth Clarke @ British Legion Club, West Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00-4:00pm. Free.
Tue 27: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 27: Black is the Color of My Voice @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. One woman stage play (the life & times of Nina Simone).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 28: Battle of the Bands @ NE Volume Music Bar, Yarm Lane, Stockton. Doors 6:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. adv., £6.00. on the door. Participants inc. Milne Glendinning Band.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 28: Black is the Color of My Voice @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. One woman stage play (the life & times of Nina Simone).
Wed 28: Laura Jurd @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 29: Ushaw Ensemble @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:10pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 29: Czajka & Puchaz + Mark Solborg + Anthropology @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 29: ‘58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: La Sonora Boreal’s Latin Jam Session @ The Globe, Newcastle (7:45pm). Free (donations). Latin jazz performance & jam session.
Thu 29: Peter Morgan Trio @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 30: Adam Johnson @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 30: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 30: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 30: Pete Churchill & Noel Dennis: Exploring the Jazz Metaphor in Leadership & Management @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 2:30-4:00pm. Workshop.Tickets: £3.30 (inc. bf). A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: FILM: Bird (Dir. Clint Eastwood) + Swing Bridge (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 6:30pm.
Fri 30: Orphy Robinson + Maniscalco-Bigoni-Solborg + Nicole Mitchell + Binker Golding-Alexander Hawkins-John Pope-Paul Hession @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle (7:00pm). A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: Ushaw Ensemble @ St Mary’s Church, Holy Island. 7:30pm.
Fri 30: Alter Ego @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Fri 30: King Bee @ The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Independent, Sunderland. 9:00pm. £22.50. DJs + King Bee.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

CD Review: Hans Koller – Retrospection

(Review by Hugh C.)
Hans Koller, pianist and composer, is Bavarian by birth, but has been in the UK for the last 25 years and now bases himself between Birmingham and London.  In Retrospection. he (naturally) looks back over recordings from the last five years of his output.  In this project he marks the deep influence of his jazz-loving father.  Koller also cites influences from Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans to Lennie Tristano and Gil Evans.
Retrospection is a triple album.  Retrospection I includes three originals by Koller himself and arrangements of the music of Lennie Tristano, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Jeff Williams (drums) – who also features on the recording.  Steve Swallow guests on bass – the remainder of the band includes top name British musicians from Birmingham and beyond, including the splendidly named Percy Pursglove (trumpet).  
There are six tracks:  317 East 32nd Street (Tristano) – Solitudes – Ah-leu-cha  (Parker) – Clouds of Joy – Fun House of Living (Williams) – Automat.  The groove is generally straight ahead, no-nonsense jazz, and very listenable.
On Retrospection II Koller switches from piano to Wurlitzer and features US (now Birmingham, UK) alto player John O'Gallagher and the twin guitars of Jakob Bro and Phil Robson.  The guys are joined by some of the musicians on disc one.  This disc is generally more laid back and introspective.  This disc also has six tracks:  Content the Boatman Turns – The Gig (Herbie Nichols) – And No-One Knows – Der Tag mit Seinen Licht (JS Bach) – Half of Life (pt 1) – Half of Life (pt 2).  Christine Tobin features on vocals, adding her own style to the overall sound.  Half of Life, a poem by Holderlin, and a favourite of Koller's father is offered in two different renditions in Retrospection II (with Tobin's vocals) and again in Retrospection III (purely instrumental).  
Retrospection III was recorded in Hamburg and features seven Koller originals with the sound of the NDR Big BandNeden – Half of Life (pt 1) – Half of Life (pt 2) – Eins Zwie Drei Tier – Automat – Ohr / Uhr – Siguriyia.  Retrospection III returns to the straight ahead groove in tracks 1 and 2, with a more contemplative approach to Half of Life (pt 2).
Personnel not listed above include Finn Peters, Julian Siegel, Francois Theberge  (saxophones); Robbie Robson, Chris Batchelor (trumpet); Jim Rattigan (French horn); Mark Nightingale, Jeremy Price, Sarah Williams (trombones); Dave Whitford (bass), on discs I and II together with NDR Big Band members too numerous to mention individually on disc III.
OK so far – now it's time for an admission.  The title “CD Review” is perhaps a little misleading.  This reviewer did indeed listen to the three promotional compact discs supplied in their neat card wrappers to Bebop Spoken Here, each disc coming in at a handy 40 minutes or so.  Now here's the rub – this recording is only being made available as a limited 180g vinyl triple album (with extensive liner notes by John Fordham, original artwork and design) – RRP £30 - or as a digital download (a free digital download is included in the price of the vinyl discs).  I personally think the record company are listening too hard to their trendy marketing people and are possibly missing a trick here – but that is just my opinion.
Hugh C
Retrospection is released in the UK on April 15 by Stoney Lane Records – available as triple vinyl or download.  Catalogue #SLR1920. 
Holderlin's poem Half of Life can be heard and read (in English translation) here:

1 comment :

Sam said...

Thanks for taking the time to listen and write, Hugh!

Hans was really keen to produce his music on vinyl (which we're co-releasing with Impossible Ark Records), and we were all quite excited to be able to release these three recordings in quite a special way. I'm so glad we did, as it looks and sounds lovely, and I'm now a vinyl convert! Alas the trendy marketing people (me, with no hipster beard or kale chips in sight!) found the cost of making triple CD albums as well as records would prove beyond our small indy label/busking budget - possibly something we can make in the future if we sell some records first!

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