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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.

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!"

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

Fri 12: Pete Tanton’s Chet Set @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 12: Katrina Miller Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sat 13: Giles Strong Quartet @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00-9:00pm. £10.00.
Sat 13: Phantom Bagman + Forgetmenots @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:30pm.£5.00. + bf. Upstairs.
Sat 13: Rockin’ Turner Brothers @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Downstairs.

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).

Monday, February 03, 2020

CD Review: Mezcla – Shoot the Moon

Joshua Elcock (trumpet); Michael Butcher (tenor sax); Alan Benzie (keyboard); Ben MacDonald (guitar); David Bowden (bass); Stephen Henderson (drums); Steve Forman (percussion).
(Review by Hugh C).

Mezcla (meaning “mixture” in Spanish) hail from Scotland and are led by bassist David Bowden – BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2017.  The band are described in the press sheet accompanying this latest CD release as a “jazz/world fusion ensemble”.  Bowden works primarily in the fields of jazz, folk and contemporary improvised music and following his studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has spent time studying abroad in Amsterdam and Ghana, as well as being involved in Scottish music education at all levels.

Shoot the Moon is the culmination of almost three years of gigging, rehearsing and Mezcla growing as a band.  The content is all composed by David Bowden and the CD (released on the progressive Ubuntu label) is his first major body of recorded work.  The title track, Shoot the Moon, commences the auditory experience, featuring Fender Rhodes-style piano from Benzie’s keyboard and antiphonal sparring by Butcher on tenor; an upbeat number which sets the tone for the CD.  Volta keeps the wick turned up with a funky groove set by Henderson and Forman in the engine room.  The melodic instruments stretch out over the top.  Sami’s Tune features MacDonald on guitar, retaining the rhythmic drive of the preceding tracks.  Auckland Hill takes the tempo down.  As in previous tracks, the drums and percussion commence and set the initial tone, the other instruments coming in after a few bars.  This track has a balladic quality, evocative of an open Scottish landscape, perhaps.

A Latin-influenced bass solo from Bowden, soon joined by percussion and drums, sets the scene for Dinosaur Jump – these dinosaurs are really having a party!  Our poikilothermic revellers are nowhere to be seen in Winter Walk.  The pace is slow and gentle with fine tenor saxophone from Butcher underpinned by a sonic tapestry from the other band members.  Akpe has a distinct Township vibe.  Firefly has an air of mystery and expectation, with percussive crackling in the background, one is not quite sure which way it is going to go next. Solo trumpet from Joshua Elcock features here.  The CD is brought to a close with Knockan Crag, which starts as a slow ballad, metamorphosing into an up tempo romp part-way through.

Shoot the Moon, three years in gestation, delivers a bundle of joy and is presented to the world this Friday (Feb. 7). The fun the band are having is palpable throughout and, what’s more, there will be an opportunity to feel it in a live session at Newcastle Jazz Coop’s Globe Jazz Bar on July 16.

Hugh C

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