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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.

Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event. SOLD OUT!

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

CD Review: Lyn Stanley - London With a Twist, Live at Bernie’s

Lyn Stanley (vocals); Otmaro Ruiz/Mike Lang (piano); Chuck Berghofer (bass); John Chiodini (guitar); Aaron Serfaty (drums); Luis Conte (percussion).
(Review by James Henry)

Lyn Stanley rose without a trace in 2011: after a successful academic and business career she began singing live with piano legend Paul Smith (best known for his association with Ella Fitzgerald),  recording her first album in 2013. She has had a prolific career since this late start, and “London with a Twist” is her seventh album, and  her second tribute to the work of the late Julie London, an actor and singer at her peak in the 1950s and 60s.

London with a Twist is “live”, but in an unusual way, having been recorded direct to disc in a single take by engineer Bernie Grundman. This stringent and exacting recording technique, with no overdubbing, no autotune and no opportunity to correct mistakes, gives the album a freshness and immediacy not unlike a live recording. Even reduced to an ordinary CD, the sound is delicious, and the balance between singer and rhythm section is superb. (There is a fascinating short film on YouTube on the recording of this disc for those who wish to know more).

Lyn Stanley has a sultry alto voice and her performance is poised and precise, with impeccable timing and perfect enunciation. The rhythm section, who prefer to be known collectively as the “Jazz Mavericks” have impressive pedigrees and provide solid support, with some nice solos, especially from guitarist John Chiodini. The numbers are largely chosen from the Great American Songbook (and why not indeed!), but with some fresh surprises, notably Route 66, and even a bit of Springsteen: Pink Cadillac has never before been delivered with such perfect diction. There is a nice range of tempos: Goody Goody and Let There Be Love swing along just fine, whilst Body and Soul and Love Letters are given respectful ballad treatments.

London With a Twist is enjoyable and well-crafted. The direct to disc recording gives a presence and edge to the album and there are polished performances from all concerned.
James H

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