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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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15087 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 106 of them this year alone and, so far, 4 this month (Feb. 1).

From This Moment On ...

February

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.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 4:00pm (this week only). Free.
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

CD Review: Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra - Along For the Ride.

(Review by Lance)

The big bands will never come back - we're told! In actual fact, they've never really been away. True, the days of dinner-jacketed ensembles in hotels, dancehalls and concert halls are no longer a commercial proposition, nevertheless, the excitement of playing in a big band still proves irresistible for both student and star and audience. There's a thrill, playing in a large ensemble, that's beyond compare with (almost) anything else.

The challenge of mastering the arrangement, wallowing in the harmonies,  soloing on top of it all, the excitement when it all gels, the shared deprecation when it goes wrong, safe in the knowledge that next time you'll nail it.

Sammy Nestico, Maria Schneider and Gordon Goodwin stand on the podium when it comes to contemporary big band composers and arrangers - justifiably so. However, anyone who has climbed the ladder of success knows that their position isn't impregnable and that there are always others snapping at their heels and, in this case, much higher than their heels...

Pete McGuinness is one of the comers. Along For the Ride - the band's third album - puts his and their hats firmly in the ring when polling time comes around over at DownBeat.

The trombonist-leader cut his chops with the legacy bands of Buddy Rich and Woody Herman as well as with bands led by Lionel Hampton and Jimmy Heath. Various stints with the aforementioned Schneider Orchestra, study with Bob Brookmeyer and his developing trombone technique put him in the position to form a band that can now hold its own with any big band in New York City which, translated, means any band in the world.

And it doesn't end there. Listen to his vocal on May I Please Come In? Look over your shoulders Bennett/Bublé. Most of the personnel listed have solos to die for. Owens and Kadleck don't solo but provide the split lead trumpet a big band depends on. At the other end, Jeff Nelson's bari provides a Carney-like foundation.

If I'm ever able to persuade our local big band aficionado, Tony Eales, to review albums, this one has his name on it!
Lance.

Put on a Happy Face; You Must Believe in Spring; Old Roads; Point of Departure; Aftermath; May I Come in?; Jive Samba; Who Cares?; One For the Maestro.

Pete McGuinness (trombone/vocals/leader/composer/arranger); Bill Mobley, Jon Owens, Tony Kadleck (trumpet) Chris Rogers (flugelhorn); Matt Haviland, Mark Patterson, Bruce Eidem (trombone); Jeff Nelson (bass trombone); Dave Pietro (soprano/alto sax); Mark Phoneuf (alto sax); Tom Christensen, Ron Middleton (tenor sax); Dave Reikenberg (bari sax); Mike Holober (piano);  Andy Euloy (bass); Scott Neumann (drums).
Available June 7 - Summit Records.

1 comment :

Victor P said...

Agreed. A very exciting and varied outing, to my ears, surpassed this year, only by "Hiding Out", the stunning big band recording led by Mike Holober, the pianist here. Inventive and meticulously realized big band tone poems that excite the mind and move the heart.

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