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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.

Sunday, February 02, 2020

CD Review: Nigel Hitchcock - Hitchgnosis

Nigel Hitchcock (Alto/Soprano Sax): Chris Dagley (Drums); Miles Bould (Percussion); Laurence Cottle (Fretless Bass) + Hitchgnosis Orchestra/Symphony Orchestra of Marat Bisengaliev (tracks 3, 8 & 11).

(Review by Steve H)

Nigel Hitchcock seems to have been around forever, his first solo album (Snake Ranch Sessions) was recorded in 1997 his second (Smoothitch) in 2013. His latest album, Hitchgnosis, is his most ambitious to date incorporating a symphony orchestra in addition to a rhythm section  of electric bass, drums and percussion.

In-between times Hitchcock has played saxophone solos on numerous pop albums, TV ads and film scores. No doubt these experiences influenced his approach on this, his latest jazz work.

It is only fair that I confess early on that I am not a great fan of orchestral music, be it Brahms, Beethoven or for that the matter The Beatles. One of the few exceptions to this rule is the fabulous Bird with Strings so I was not without hope when given this album to review. Unfortunately, for me this album fits into my first list rather than the second.

This album was inspired by Hitchcock’s 5 year stay on the Island of Skye and, by his own admission, was influenced by New Age books quantum physics and AI.

Hitchcock is a tremendous soloist and writes some lovely melodies. I enjoyed the playing of the rhythm section and there were fine solo from various instrumentalists throughout. Various styles and genres are incorporated from the very cinematic Enki’s Dream, through a tango Heart in a Tango, the folksy Panharmonia, the ballad Blaven Mist and finally the blues logically titled Skye Blues.

For those who like cinematic, melodic,  orchestral jazz this may be the album for you sadly for me when it comes to symphony orchestras and jazz  I feel much the same as Mark Twain when he said  ‘golf is a good walk spoiled’
Steve H

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