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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

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).

Thursday, March 21, 2019

CD Review: Laurence Hopgood - tesseterra .

Laurence Hopgood (piano); Matthew Clohesy (bass); Jared Schonig (drums).
ETHEL: Ralph Farris (viola); Kip Jones (violin); Dorothy Lawson (cello); Corin Lee (violin).
(Review by Lance).

Described by pianist Hopgood as "third stream nouveau" - do we really need another genre? - tessaterra, a word of Hopgood's invention that roughly translates as "the sonic fabric of the world", features the former arranger, and associate of Kurt Elling, with his trio and a string quartet in support. 

With such profundity and the improbably named string quartet - ETHEL - in attendance, I anticipated seven original compositions with bizarre titles such as Lucretia Borgia's Farewell Toast.

Fortunately, I was wrong. Seven compositions that were once original, albeit not by Hopgood, although his interpretations do present an alternative look at songs by Hoagy, Lennon & McCartney, Glen Campbell, Cole Porter, Freddy Chopin, Sting and Joan Baez.

It's one of those albums that's difficult to pigeonhole which is probably why he came up with his third stream nouveau niche. Whilst it's not quite Harlem Airshaft it's much much more than elevator music. Imagine having that late night drink, relaxing with a partner in the early hours without the distraction of Sinatra on the player. This will do it if the whiskey doesn't.

Hopgood is such a fine player that, personally, I'd be happy hearing him as part of the trio without the gut-scrapers. Having said that, Ethel are hip to the happenings and gel so well that perhaps their presence could draw in a wider audience - not Tesco but maybe Walmart.
Lance.

Wichita Lineman; Blackbird; Georgia on my Mind; Suite; Judy Blue Eyes; We Shall Overcome; All of You; Everything She Does is Magic
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