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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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Postage

13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!.

Tue 25: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public). .
Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

CD Review: Bennett Paster - Indivisible

Bennett Paster (keys/organ); Jeff Hanley (bass); Tony Mason (drums) + Al Street (guitar on 6 tks); Kenny Brooks (tenor sax on 5 tks); Samuel Torres, Todd Isler (perc. on 4 tks).
(Review by Lance).

Funky, groove-based, blues-tinged music that brings Ramsey Lewis to mind or, when guitar and tenor augment the trio, early Herbie when he was selling watermelons. It has the floating groove that personified much of 1960's Blue Note although Paster's lyrical insertions smooth the edges - even more so on the trio plus percussion tracks notwithstanding some Monkish chords that make me imagine the outcome if it had been Thelonious and not Andre Previn on the legendary Morecambe and Wise Show!

Paster composed all ten tunes, even Indian Summer - not to be confused with the tune of the same name that Victor Herbert composed 100 years ago, nor the different Indian Summers that the Stereophonics, the Manic Street Preachers and a Frenchman called Joe Dassin also came up with. There may be more. When in doubt, call your masterpiece Indian Summer. In fairness though, it must be said that Paster's tune is as good as, if not better than, any of the others.

Gritty Greens has Paster at the B3 stretching out over an infectious rhythm, tenor walking the bar and Street bringing Grant Green to mind. Murfreesboro Waltz is pure country as befits a song dedicated to a city in Tennessee even though that state already has its own waltz. All that's missing are some words of the 'my baby done gone and done me wrong' variety.

Salamander has a jazz-rock feel to it - the blurb suggests Brecker Brothers and that's pretty close - the Hammond adding a soulful feel, and the ever-changing tempos over the percussionists' groundwork keep it interesting.

Buxom Biali (no explanation) is an out and out dancer, in fact, I was bouncing up and down as I listened and typed - remember Tequila? same groove.

Not a disc to ponder thoughtfully over but if you want to shake your booty this is for you. If they ever visit the UK - maybe Hoochie Coochie?
Lance
Blues For Youse; (Givin' the People) What We Want; Indian Summer; Belgrade Booty Call; Gratitude; Gritty Greens; The Murfreesboro Waltz; A Beastly Beauty; Salamander; Buxom Biali.
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