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Bebop Spoken There

Joe Farnsworth: "I have to say that jazz in New York will never die. It may seem like all the music happened 3,000 years ago, but, Charlie Parker, Billy Higgins, Max Roach and all the others are still here. You can feel their presence."- (DownBeat, January 2022)

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! --

Postage

13858 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 77 of them this year alone and, so far, 77 this month (Jan. 23).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

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.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 26: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public). CANCELLED!
Wed 26: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm .
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 27: Tobias Sarra & John Garner @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm .
Thu 27: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 27: Knats’ Night: Knats + Swannek @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 27: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm. CANCELLED! .
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 28: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Bishop Middleham Village Hall, Ferryhill. 8:00pm. £10.00.
Fri 28: Struggle Buggy @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blues band.

Sat 29: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Life Drawing & Live Music. Enrol at: www.cobaltstudios.co.uk.

Sun 30 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 30: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 30: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 30: Hot Club du Nord @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 31: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Friday, December 06, 2019

CD Review: Shake Stew – Gris Gris.

(Review by Steve T)

The notes tell us ' Austrian band Shake Stew has become something of a phenomenon.' I can hear why, this is terrific stuff, precisely where I think jazz should be at this moment in time; of its time and forward thinking, unlike anything from jazz's rich history but with total respect for where it's come from.    

Having heard it a couple of times before reading the notes, I was totally surprised by the configuration of instruments: comprising two drummers, two bass players and three horns, though the heavy percussion barrage is hard to miss and always a winner for me.

The notes also tell us they're due in the UK next year at a festival as yet unannounced - no doubt to increase anticipation - and I hope it's one of the ones I get to and it will be interesting to see how they're presented. 

High energy is right and a polite audience breaking their silence to applaud solos isn't going to work. Young people on a dancefloor with the lights down is order of the day but this shouldn't deter listeners from checking out the album. Grilling Crickets in a Straw Hut part two would be the one I'd recommend to dip your toe and with their previous album - Rise and Rise Again - featuring Shabaka Hutchings, I'm off to dip my toe in that.

Gris Gris came out last month.
Steve T

Lukas Kranzelbinder: Double Bass, E-Bass, Guembri, Shaker, Bandleader.
Clemens Salesny: Alto Saxophone, Stritch, Opera Gong, Flexatone.
Johannes Schleiermacher: Tenor Saxophone, Flute.
Mario Rom: Trumpet.
Oliver Potratz: Double Bass, E-Bass, Shaker.
Nikolaus Dolp: Drums, Percussion, Thai Gongs.
Mathias Koch: Drums, Percussion.
+ Special Guest Tobias Hoffmann: E-Guitar, Shaker (Grilling Crickets in a Straw Hut)

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