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Dave Holland: "Back then, one of my first gigs was with Wally Fawkes and Johnny Parker at the Crown and Anchor in Islington, playing music that went back to the days of King Oliver. And I've always enjoyed the joyousness of that music, and the sound of everybody fitting together beautifully, improvising together." - Jazzwise, August 2021.

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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.

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13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

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).

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

CD Review: Jane Ira Bloom - Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson

Jane Ira Bloom (soprano sax); Dawn Clement (piano); Mark Helias (bass); Bobby Previte (drums); Deborah Rush (voice).
(Review by Lance).
Wild nights - Wild nights! 
Were I with thee 
Wild nights should be 
Our luxury! 

Futile - the winds - 
To a Heart in port - 
Done with the Compass - 
Done with the Chart! 

Rowing in Eden - 
Ah - the Sea! 
Might I but moor - tonight - 
In thee! 
Back in 2010 - 2010! was it really that long ago? Andy Champion's ACV recorded an excellent album (Fail in Wood) the title track based on a poem by Emily Dickinson. Now, Jane Ira Bloom has recorded a double album dedicated to the works of the legendary American poet who died in 1886 bequeathing to the world a legacy of poetic lyricism. To the best of my knowledge, there have been no other jazz portraits of this most enigmatic of literary ladies.
Wild Lines, inspired by the above stanzas, has the first disc instrumental and the second comprising the same compositions but with Deborah Rush adding, to a greater or lesser degree, Dickinson's words.
The words don't take away the impact of the music and neither does the music detract from the words. Truth is they complement each other beautifully.
Bloom displays the lyricism and the agility on soprano that rubber stamps her recent Down Beat Critic's Poll success.
Clement is equally effective on piano and the rhythm section's sound as a pound (actually a whole lot sounder than a pound!) Cornets of Paradise is probably the funkiest number with some parade style drumming and the common denominator between the earlier AVC album, Fail in Wood and this one  is that the title of that poem here is Other Eyes.
There are also a few electronic things going on but they don't do any harm.
To finish off, a solo version of It's Easy to Remember has nothing to do with Emily Dickinson but it's beautiful and totally appropriate
The double album is currently available on Outline.
Well worth checking out.
Lance.
PS: If you are at an Andy Champion gig check to see if he has any copies of Fail in Wood in the garage!

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