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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Barnes: "Normally you can cobble a set together with five guys on the back of an envelope over the first pint and it's just fine. Livestreaming isn't like that." - (Jazzwise July 2021)

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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

13,381 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 799 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (June 20).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event. POSTPONED!

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Sat 26: Tyne Valley Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham (3:45pm).

Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 27: Noel Dennis Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. Advance booking essential: www.jazzcoop. A Jazz Co-op-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

CD Review: Tierney Sutton Band - Screenplay


Tierney Sutton (vocals); Christian Jacob (piano); Serge Merlaud (guitar); Kevin Axt (electric bass); Trey Henry (acoustic bass); Ray Brinker (drums) Alan Bergman (vocals track 12); all arrangements by Sutton, Henry, Jacob, Axt and Brinker.
(Review by Ann Alex)

Well, I think I may now have been promoted to blog detective for BSH! Unlike most of the albums sent for review which come in lavishly packaged jewel cases with notes that require 20:20 vision to decipher, this promo CD came with only a cardboard insert showing a list of tunes, arrangers and some featured musicians. I listed the musicians, thinking this was a big band of unnamed personnel. On finding a website I discovered it was actually a sextet, led by female singer Tierney Sutton, whom I had supposed to be a man. So much for my feminist credentials. And what a fine singer indeed! This may well be my CD of the Month, or even of the Year.

Ms Sutton hails from Omaha, USA and has already had 8 Grammy nominations as well as finishing only 2 votes behind Diana Krall in the 2018 DownBeat Critics Poll. She trained at Berklee College of Music and is a jazz educator as well as an arranger. Previous CDs have included one based on the music of Sting. The band wrote the music for the Clint Eastwood film Sully. This is their ninth CD.

All the tunes are songs from films, so we have the music of composers such as Michel Legrand, Paul Simon and Stephen Sondheim. But each tune is skilfully arranged as jazz, so well that it's hard to believe that they were ever played any other way. The singing is beautiful, Ms Sutton really knows how to use her voice as an instrument, and each song tells a story, acted out well. It goes without saying that the musicians are stellar. It is impossible to convey the quality of the music in print so I'll mention some favourite tracks, and list all the tracks and the films that they came from.

Calling You and Moon River are two songs woven together seamlessly, slow and contemplative.

I've Got No Strings cleverly becomes a strong, feminist song, sung slowly to a military beat from the drums.

If I Only Had a Brain is sung saucily with word play and features the music of both basses.

Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend is perky with voice and drums. I didn't realise how amusing the lyrics are, e.g. 'It's then that those louses go back to their spouses'.

Track list: The Windmills of Your Mind (The Thomas Crown Affair); Moon River/Calling You (Breakfast At Tiffany's/Baghdad Cafe); On a Clear Day (On A Clear Day You Can See Forever)
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life (The Happy Ending); I've Got No Strings (Pinocchio);
If I Only Had A Brain (The Wizard Of Oz); The Sound Of Silence (The Graduate); Goodbye For Now (Reds); Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes); Hopelessly Devoted To You (Grease); You're The One That I Want (Grease); How Do You Keep The Music Playing (Best Friends); Ev'ry Now And Then (not the pop song, Mulholland Falls); It Might Be You (Tootsie); Arrow (Sully).

Screenplay is now available - see www.tierneysutton.com
Ann Alex

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