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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.

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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, September 04, 2017

The Spirit Farm @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle – September 3

Christophe de Bezenac (alto sax); Adam Fairhall (keyboards); Corey Mwamba (vibes); Anton Hunter (guitar); Dave Kane (bass); Johnny Hunter (drums)
(Review by Steve H/Photo Ken Drew). 
On Sunday night, Jazz North East kicked off their new season and a near capacity crowd were treated to a right old humdinger of a gig. If Newcastle United could make signings like JNE then the Toon would soon be gracing the top of the Premier League.
Spirit Farm are the brainchild of keyboard player Adam Fairhall and the sextet are a kind of Northern based improvisers’ super group hailing from such ‘Northern’ outposts as Leeds, Manchester and Derby. To be honest it took me a few minutes to get into the action as the fairly introspective start took a while to latch on to but once I’d been hooked I was well and truly caught.

At times the music was truly explosive as the band cranked it up harder and harder yet there were moments of great subtlety and interplay between the group members in assorted combinations. During the interval, I told drummer Johnny Hunter how exciting the first set had been and he replied that he was worried that the band might have used up all their ideas such was the level of the improvisation. Luckily, the second set took off where the first left off and another brilliant and exhilarating set of improvised music ensued.
It would be impossible to single any player out as I thought they were all magnificent both in their solos and their ensemble playing. One or two people may have thought Corey Mwamba had gone a step too far when he attacked the vibes with his sandal but if that was what he felt was demanded at the time who am I to argue. Maybe we were lucky that no dead cat was lying around otherwise someone may have tried to improvise with that.
Joking aside, I absolutely marvel how these musicians were able to conjure up such exhilarating music clearly gaining inspiration from one another. The band’s own enjoyment of their performance was obvious to all and this enhanced further what had truly been a memorable evening.

Steve H.

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