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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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.

Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

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15080 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 99 of them this year alone and, so far, 99 this month (Jan. 30).

From This Moment On ...

January

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: TBA @ Prohibiton Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Friday, March 01, 2019

CD Review: Ehud Asherie Trio - Wild Man Blues

Ehud Asherie (piano); Peter Washington (bass); Rodney Green (drums).
(Review by Lance).

Israeli born Asherie, largely self-taught, paid his dues at the legendary late-night jams at Smalls down in Greenwich Village. It gave him the experience to handle whatever was thrown at him in a jam as well as realising he could look backward whilst looking forward. As such, his take on Louis Armstrong's Wild Man Blues sounds more modern than Parker's Mood! A credit to Asherie and the content of the originals.


Flying Down to Rio is taken at tempo de Peterson and one is tempted to conjure up the mayhem that would have ensued if the film soundtrack had been played at this tempo (in the film, girls were on the wings of an airplane)!

Autumn Nocturne is classic ballad playing at its best. Asherie's choice of chords is as good as any of the great chord-masters such as Garner, Shearing, Buckner, Brubeck, Peterson, Powell - add his name to the list.

Chasin' the Bird is another example of Asherie's fluency - the feeling is that the instrument doesn't own him but that he is lord and master of all 88 notes. Washington and Green indicate that they too are names to be reckoned with in the form of pungent solos and breaks.

It may be 50 or so years since the bossa-nova rhythm entered the jazz lexicon but it hasn't gone away and whilst you sometimes wish it had that is not the case here. Na Baixa Da Sapateira is absolutely gorgeous with a melody that makes you wish that you too were flying down to Rio.

Oh, Lady Be Good may have done wonders for Ella's emerging career, her bull in a china shop onslaught did much for her jazz credence but little for the song. Asherie has the technique to do the same but, sensibly (and sensitively) takes it at a tempo nearer to the Gershwin's original idea without losing the jazz feel it deserves.

Mr and Mrs Gillespie (AKA John Birks & Lorraine) wrote And Then She Stopped which it duly does but not before some more Latin rhythms and scintillating pianistics bring it to that point.
A gem! Available March 15 on Capri Records.
Lance.

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