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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.

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.

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).

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

CD Review: Sarah Reich - New Change.

Tap dancing is generally regarded as 80%visual and 20% aural maybe less. Tap dancing, like drum solos, is one of those things that bring the house down on the night but, in the cold light of morning, when heard on record, often loses the excitement. As indeed do so many things, come the dawn...
Seeing a drummer hitting everything in sight at a phenomenal speed is terrific. the sticks a blur, the body language, it's one of those things - nobody ever left a Buddy Rich concert raving about the trumpets or the saxes, good as they were.
Likewise with tap dancers. They execute with their feet what drummers do with their sticks. Again, it's not the same on record - or is it?
Enter Sarah Reich.
Sarah, performer, choreographer, instructor, composer, and a regular with Postmodern Jukebox could change all that. The way she integrates her pedal extremities into the ensembles is magic - every band should have a Sarah Reich!
An assortment of A-list accompanists and vocalists provide the support that makes this something more than a novelty. Sax solos, trumpet blasts, boppish arrangements, drums and taps exchanging fours, and inter-track summaries by fellow tap enthusiasts make this all rather special. Sarah wants to be the first tap dancer to win a Grammy Award. 
Don't bet against it!
Lance.

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