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Gretchen Parlato: "There's always an essence of the original [tune] that should be protected. I try to find that first - it's the thing that draws me to the material" - (DownBeat, March 2021)

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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'"

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12,579 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 298 of them this year alone and, so far, 19 this month (March 4).

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

RIP Jacques Loussier

Bruce Bax has brought to my notice the passing of French jazz pianist Jacques Loussier who left us on March 5.

Renowned for his jazz-inspired improvisations on various classical themes and particularly Bach he was perhaps the greatest cross-genre interpreter in that field. I remember hearing him playing to a packed house at Newcastle's City Hall back in 1971. It was a memorable evening when genres were crossed bringing both sides of the great divide (jazz and classical) together. A night to remember.

I'd planned on seeing him again at Scarborough Jazz Festival in 2015 but, sadly, illness prevented him appearing.

When I was involved with the jazz record dept. of our local music store by far the best selling LPs at the time were the Decca albums by the Jacques Loussier Trio and especially the second volume that included the emotive version of Air on a G String that achieved immortality when it was used as the soundtrack to an advert for Hamlet Cigars.
The great man was 84 may he Rest In Peace.
Lance.

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