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Bebop Spoken There

Raymond Chandler: “ I was walking the floor and listening to Khatchaturian working in a tractor factory. He called it a violin concerto. I called it a loose fan belt and the hell with it ". The Long Goodbye, Penguin 1959.

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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

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

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...

April

Sun 14: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Alan Law, Jude Murphy & Tim Johnston @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 14: JazzMain @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 15: Dave Newton @ Yamaha Music School, Seaforth St., Blyth NE24 1AY. 1:00 - 1:45pm. £8.00. + bf. Newton, solo piano.
Mon 15: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 15: Hideout @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.50 + £1.33 bf. Feat. Sleep Suppressor + Flat Moon.
Mon 15: Russ Morgan Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00.

Tue 16: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Bradley Johnston, Paul Grainger, Bailey Rudd.

Wed 17: Bailey Rudd (Minor Recital) @ The Music Studios, Haymarket Lane, Newcastle University. 11:40am. Bailey Rudd (drums). Open to the public.
Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ The Gala, Durham. 7:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 18: NONUNONU @ Elder Beer Café, Chillingham Road, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 18: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. + bf. Support act TBC.
Thu 18: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band night with Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Donna Hewitt (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 19: Cia Tomasso @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. ‘Cia Tomasso sings Billie Holiday’. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Levitation Orchestra + Nauta @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £11.00.
Fri 19: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.

Sat 20: Record Store Day…at a store near you!
Sat 20: Bright Street Band @ Washington Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Swing dance taster session (6:30pm) followed by Bright Street Big Band (7:30pm). £12.00.
Sat 20: Michael Woods @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Acoustic blues.
Sat 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ St Andrew’s Church, Whitley Bay. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. a drink on arrival).

Friday, December 06, 2019

The Xhosa Cole Quartet @ the Lescar, Sheffield, - Dec. 4

Xhosa Cole (tenor sax), Jay Phelps (trumpet), James Owston (bass), Jim Bashford (drums).
(Review by Steve T)

When we arrived the queue was already out the door. Had it got round that, not only is he the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year, but now also confirmed as Best Newcomer at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards? It's so nice for them do something that improves our lives for a change.

Fresh from the ceremony the previous evening, he arrived with a crack chord-less quartet for a night of classic, cutting edge jazz.

His stall was set out straight off, his horn honking and squeaking, though wonderfully fluid and controlled; raw and real and it was clear any script was left at the door. Trane and Sonny Rollins were the first names to spring to mind.

Canadian trumpeter Jay Phelps held a note and held his own, taking it down then taking it slow before taking it up.

A bass solo from fellow BBC nominee James Owston, his nimble fingers all over his instrument, but bringing a heavy, thick sound and, together with Jim Bashford effortlessly switching it around on kit, keeping things as serious as your life, sax and trumpet blowing as the mood took them, sometimes together, sometimes alone, sometimes entwined.

References came thick and fast; too fast for me to figure them out and it deserved somebody more eloquent, with more knowledge of jazz than me to unpick the influences converging from several of jazz's golden ages: bebop, hard-bop, free jazz, Blue Note, all coalesced into something timeless.

Xhosa apologised for the squeaks attributing it to a new old mouthpiece but I'm not sure anybody objected; I certainly didn't.

A lovely, intelligent slow piece followed, Deep Blue written by Owston ahead of a beautiful version of Yesterdays, Xhosa sitting one out as Phelps built up to some sleazy blowing.        

The first set ended with Billie's Bounce to mark a forthcoming centenary for Bird, Xhosa acknowledging his influence and claiming him as the man that made it all happen; why he was there, why we were there.

Only now did I realise just how crammed the small room was, people standing behind the bar with the shutters down, others outside just listening.

Part two was more of the same, insomuch as it was raw and real with a far greater level of spontaneity than most so-called free jazz.

By way of acknowledgement, Ornette's Rambling followed before Monk's Reflections gave Phelps a break, Xhosa playing a sax intro, rhythm watching for a signal or just waiting for him to take the horn out of his mouth. Once he'd explored all the possibilities Owston took another assured solo with Bashford's light brushwork in support.

More acknowledgement of major influences: Clifford Brown and Sonny Rollins and Joshua Redman on a take of Darn That Dream before another Monk piece I missed the title of and didn't recognise.   

After a false start and some discussion between the two horn players, somebody asked if they even knew each other, to which they shook hands by way of introduction.

Sonny Rollins' Kiss and Run finished things off, Xhosa acknowledging the significance of one of the most brilliant musicians of C20th and the greatest living jazz artist (though I feel a Lance 'in my opinion' being snuck in, I think any living jazz artist would be embarrassed by any suggestion they're greater than Sonny). 

There really wasn't anything left to say.
Jez Matthews - mastered ceremonies with the same informed enthusiasm as last time we visited the Lescar - Jazz Venue of the Year 2018 in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards - and he must feel his life is charmed at the moment, with Matt Anderson next week and the North East's very own Zoë Gilby - 2019 Vocalist of the Year in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards - the following week.

But tonight all our Christmases came at once. 
Steve T

1 comment :

Ray Johnson (on F/b). said...

Crikey. It's years since I've been to the Lescar. Great venue.

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