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Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 2023)

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.

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.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

CD Review: New York All-Stars - Live Encounter


Eric Alexander, Seamus Blake (tenor sax); Mike LeDonne (piano/organ); Eric Söderland (guitar); Aldo Zunino (bass); Bernd Reiter (drums) + Ian Shaw (vocal on Still)
(Review by Lance).

The two tenor front line is a long established format in jazz dating back to Dexter Gordon/Wardell Gray; Gene Ammons/Sonny Stitt; Al Cohn/Zoot Sims and, of course, closer to home - The Jazz Couriers with Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes.

Alexander and Blake remain true to the tradition albeit with a more contemporary edge to their playing and this session, recorded live last year at Pizza Express, bears comparison with any tenor battle I've heard - on or off record. 


Both tenor players are brilliant but it doesn’t end there. Mike LeDonne stepped in for the ailing Harold Mabern who sadly died this year and his contributions on both piano and organ ensure the tension never drops. Likewise, Söderland on guitar adds an extra dimension with Zunino and Reiter stoking the fires that are burning out front.

A good mix of numbers: Encounter and Incazzato by LeDonne; Second Impressions and Eddie Harris by Alexander. The latter a tribute to a bygone tenor player who was as funky as they come and the groove laid down is in keeping with the great man.

Coltrane’s Naima is taken at a relaxed tempo; the old standard Heartaches has a nice easy swing whilst Lionel Richie’s Still has the added attraction of a vocal by Ian Shaw which does no harm at all.

Martin Hummel who produced the session for Ubuntu summed it with a succinct comment “…by the end of the night, you had to scrape the musicians off the ceiling and pry the audience out of their seats” adding afterwards “And ultimately, isn’t that what jazz is all about?

I’ll go along with that. If I’d been at Pizza I too would have had to be pried off my seat – that is if I hadn’t already joined the musicians on the ceiling!
Lance. 

Release date November 7 on Ubuntu Music UBU0030

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