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Kasia Delgado: "The naughtiest thing that I did at school was bunk off a maths lesson to practice my saxophone for a jazz band." - (i newspaper October 21, 2021)

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.
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Postage

13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Mon 25: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

CD Review: Jim Rattigan's Pavillon - The Freedom of Movement

(Review by Lance).

Apart from being one of the relatively few jazz French hornists in the UK, Rattigan is also an imaginative and forward looking arranger and composer. On French horn he produces the lovely dry sound associated with the instrument - like an ice-cold beer on a summer's day - and one wonders why it is such a rarity, the sound is so compelling.

Given the line-up, one could be forgiven for thinking Gil Evans but one would be wrong! This, to my mind, is 100% Rattigan. His writing comes without any baggage - he is his own man. Having said that, the team of A-listers he has chosen are as much a part of him as were Hodges and co to Ellington.

All play their part to perfection. The trumpets on the whimsical Sweet Tamarind take it out with a good old joust. They have their individual moments too. Mark Nightingale is heard to good effect throughout as are the saxes whilst the rhythm section keeps it all afloat.

The title - Freedom of Movement - Rattigan informs us is a reflection of his career moving across the genres as musicians have to do in these times. A French horn player, even one as able as Jim Rattigan, may find it difficult to put bread on the table purely as a jazzman (it doesn't just apply to French horn players I hear a thousand voices say!). However, with his compositional and arranging skills as displayed here, I doubt you'll ever find him busking at a station on the Piccadilly Line.

Just wish I could catch the band live without having to go to Hastings (Nov. 5); Birmingham (Nov.7); Luton (Nov. 22) or Colchester (Jan. 17, 2020).
*Release date is Oct. 18 with a launch the following day at the Jazz Café Posk in London.
Lance

Jim Rattigan (French horn); Martin Speake (alto sax); Andy Panayi (tenor sax); Mick Foster (baritone sax); Percy Pursglove (trumpet/flugelhorn); Steve Fishwick, Robbie Robson (trumpet); Mark Nightingale, Sarah Williams (trombone); Hans Koller (piano); Dave Whitford (bass); Martin France (drums).

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