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Bebop Spoken There

Greg Osby: “I have my own style, my own attitude, my own opinions about things. I'm not a follower". DownBeat, February, 2024.

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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16233 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Feb. 23).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Fri 23: Mark Williams Trio @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 23: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 23: Salty Dog Trio @ The Greenhouse, Tynemouth. 7:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. adv.). CANCELLED!
Fri 23: Crooners @ The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed. 7:30pm. £30.00., £28.00.
Fri 23: Strictly Smokin' Big Band w Dennis Rollins @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Sunday, October 02, 2016

CD Review: Verde - The Francisco Pais Lotus Project.

Francisco Pais (guitar, voice), Myron Walden (tenor), Godwin Louis (alto), Julian Shore (piano), Connor Schultze (bass), Ferenc Nemeth (drums). Additional vocals - Genetta Kha, Jacklyn Chan.
(Review by Steve T)
Jazz, rock, prog, country, blues, West Coast psychedelia, acid folk, indie, funk; it may be easier to define what this album isn't.
Unashamed synthesizer lines, that most scorned symbol of classic rock excess, though very little by way of needless flash in the guitar pyrotechnics stakes, which is a breath of fresh air.
The prog thing seems to me to come from fellow Europeans Focus from the Hammond of Thais Van Leer and guitar of Jan Akkerman, which I often hear in backward-looking forward thinking Jazzers, though I'm not sure it's always on a conscious level.

Pais’ Portuguese, another Berklee scholarship, now resides in New York City which must be bursting with guitarists.
On this, his fourth album, he pays tribute to his earliest guitar influences: Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Chuck Berry, Clapton and Hendrix.
The two names which sprung to mind on first play were Zappa and Beefheart. I certainly hear the blues strain of the Captain though he's gone back to Beefheart’s main influences, and particularly the Wolf. There's also loads of early Mothers in there but again, it may not be on a conscious level or maybe they've arrived at similar conclusions from comparable influences.
The song suite format 'without edits or isolation' was also prevalent in Frank’s music of that period resulting in a post-modern melting pot, though many have incorporated it since.
Certainly the short dance infused interludes are an addition to the format as I'm familiar with it, and these appear late in the album, interspersed with three songs with a West Coast feel in the vein of Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young or the band America, or perhaps a more British psychedelic folk thing not unlike the Incredible String Band or even pre T Rex Tyrannosaurus Rex, delivered in a frail voice reminiscent of Gerry Garcia or George Harrison but with more vulnerability than any Summer of Love fake hippy.
The sort of thing the post punk rock media in this country might call hippy nonsense.
I tried to find a good example of the lyrics but found that each verse would serve to illustrate the point, so I picked the final verse which is also amongst the shortest:

We lay by our dreams
We exhale a cloud
Find a sunset full of moons
Until the sun shines in our palm.

It's an awful long time since I've heard lyrics in that style though I've no doubt they've never entirely gone away
However, I hope not everyone is put off and some will buy it or download it or whatever; it's a bold and fascinating musical journey. 

Steve T.

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