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Bebop Spoken There

John McDonough (reviewing Bright Red Dog’s In Vivo): “When you improvise on nothing, that’s what you get”. - DownBeat August 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".

'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, December 10, 2018

CD Review: Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - Hot Club du Nord

Emma Fisk (violin); James Birkett (guitar); Dave Harris (guitar); Bruce Rollo (double bass)
(Review by Russell).
Hot Club du Nord hit the ground running. Emma Fisk and Dave Harris worked together in Djangology and James Birkett and Bruce Rollo were well-versed in the Hot Club idiom. In a matter of weeks, the quartet began to play to full houses in jazz clubs and theatres. Hot Club du Nord is the band's recently released debut CD and already it's selling like hot cakes.
From the opening track - Exactly Like You to Oriental Shuffle and Coquette through to DinahBelleville and Lady Be Good, the album's twelve tracks are a total delight. Django and Stéphane the inspiration, Hot Club du Nord's sound is that of a distant era given a twenty-first century north of England twist. 

Emma Fisk's virtuosity is readily evident and the violinist's bandmates are similarly virtuosic - guitarists Birkett and Harris, and ever-popular bassist Bruce Rollo. The album's tunes will be familiar to anyone with a passing interest in the Hot Club de France or the Great American Songbook. As a Christmas present for the Djangologist (or simply the lover of good music) in your life, Hot Club du Nord is the solution. There's still time to acquire a copy in time for the big day, visit: www.hotclubdunord.co.uk  
Russell.

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