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Bebop Spoken There

John Pizzarelli: "There were three shows I saw at the Brendan Byrne Arena that had a huge impact on my storytelling. They were Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. I loved the way that they had something to say about the songs they were singing, so I began to develop stories for my act." - (Hot House Jazz Guide February 2021)

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".

Wednesday January 27

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KYRIAKI PANTELIDOU & RAY CARLESS

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12,399 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 118 of them this year alone and, so far, 118 this month (Jan. 25).

Monday, June 25, 2018

Book Review: Andrew Cartmel - Written in Dead Wax

A pre-reading browse told me I was going to like this book. As early as page 11 (p. 3 of the actual story) magical names such as Max Roach, Red Mitchell, George Wallington and the Gil Melle Sextet (on Blue Note) are mentioned in passing. Obviously, an author who knows his vinyl.
Like all good detective stories, there are so many twists and turns as to make a synopsis almost impossible except to say that the Vinyl Detective collects, buys and sells vinyl. Sometimes for great profit, sometimes against great odds.
Modern jazz is his specialty and if you're looking for the rarest record ever, the Vinyl Detective's your man.
To this aim, he scours charity shops, car boot sales, in fact anywhere where an elusive LP may be found. Sometimes faced with violence and, sometimes, even getting shot at.
I do the same thing myself in an amateurish sort of way which is probably why I've never faced violence or been shot at.
That the Vinyl Detective (I don't think we ever learn his name in this first person narrative) is also a cat person does him no harm in my eyes, after all, so was Raymond Chandler's Marlowe. And there is a certain Chandleresque feel to it as he goes down the mean streets of our capital city.
The action moves with the speed of a Tubby Hayes tenor solo. A heady cocktail of murder, jazz, femme fatalés, felines and a selection of characters that wouldn't have been out of place in The Maltese Falcon.
A compulsive read.
Lance.

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