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Bebop Spoken There

Greg Osby: “I have my own style, my own attitude, my own opinions about things. I'm not a follower". DownBeat, February, 2024.

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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

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16233 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Feb. 23).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

March
Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Wind Ensemble + Big Band + Jazz Combo + R&B Band @ Boiler House, Newcastle University. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 01: Joseph Carville Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 01-Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. From 8:00pm Friday. Weekend ticket: £20.00.
Fri 01: TBC @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 01: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. £10.00. Day 1/3. Musicians Unlimited + Festival Band.

Sunday, May 05, 2019

CD Review: Kim Cypher - Love Kim x

(Review by Lance).

Yet another absolutely wonderful vocalist, the lyrics of The Nearness of You were delivered as emotionally as they have been delivered by any contemporary singer. She could have been singing to me (sigh). The next track, an original, Maybe, suggests that maybe she had someone else in mind! So what, I've loved and lost before and it's a great tune with lovely lyrics, some smoove soprano and a 100 watts of Dave Newton's keyboard make this as emotional an encounter as seeing a stranger across a crowded room during the course of an enchanted evening.
Soul Eyes has Cypher blowing tenor on Mal Waldren's signature dish. Newton adds a couple of tablespoons before our saxist brings it to a simmering conclusion - tasty.

Comes Love, is this an overdub? Kim is singing but the tenor sax wheedles its way in during the vocal and Pee-Wee isn't officially on this track., Cobbson is and does!

Breezin' has Kim blowing sop. It's all a bit easy listening, shades of Kenny G only better.

Valerie - a vocal sung emotively, telling a story, sits nicely alongside Amy.

People Get Ready - a Curtis Mayfield number done here as an instrumental. Kim blows her pants off over a full backing with Lenz putting the groove in before sanity prevails.

Highland Mike - written by Kim in memory of Mike Carter who 'Introduced me to such great music'. Pee Wee blows some earthy tenor.

Rising From the Dust - another original by Kim full of cutting lyrics about a woman learning to live again. Some shredding from Lenz plus a backing choir!

A Time to Reflect, A Time to Forget. Cobbson wrote this one and Kim takes it around the block on sop sax over a Carribean rhythm with the composer in there pitching.

Finally, Baker Street! I suppose it had to come. Over the years, the sax test pieces have evolved (or devolved) from Body and Soul to Take 5; Desifinado; Yakety Sax and Baker Street. Before you cringe, forget Gerry Rafferty (no, don't forget Gerry because Baker Street was one of the most emotive songs of the latter part of the last century) this is a totally different take. Kim plays sop and alto, the charismatic theme isn't lost but it's surrounded by so much magical, musical, mayhem that, had he still been in residence, Sherlock would have smoked a pipe of Shanghai's finest, grabbed his violin and joined in the jam - "I say Watson, I detected a D# diminished 9th in there - the game is afoot".

Afoot it is indeed!
Lance. 

Kim Cypher (vocals/flute/sop, alto, tenor sax) + (collectively) Pee Wee Ellis (tenor sax); David Newton, Alex Steele (piano); Chris Santo Cobbson, Lee Jones, B.D. Lenz (guitar); Tom Clarke-Hill, Clive Morton (bass); Mike Cypher (drums); Karl Vanden Bossche (perc.); John-Paul Gard (organ); Kentwood Show Choir).

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