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Bebop Spoken There

Veronica Swift: "I don't want to call myself a jazz singer anymore. I'm a singer and a storyteller.'" - (JazzTimes, December 2021)

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

13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

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.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

CD Review: The Coachella Valley Trio - Mid Century Modern

Doug MacDonald (guitar); Larry Holloway (bass); Tim Pleasant (drums) + Big Black (djembe - tracks 3,6,7,8,9,10)
(Review by JC)

From the first notes of the first track on this album the listener knows they are in the hands of a highly proficient and experienced guitarist. The warm tone and gentle insistence of the music sends out a nice relaxing vibe that continues throughout the eleven tracks.

The guitarist, Doug MacDonald, has made numerous albums over the years in a variety of big and small group ensembles and played with a wide range of fine musicians. Here he is in a trio format and with a guest player Big Black on djembe (a type of skin-covered drum played with the hands, originally from West Africa - if you're wondering) on selected tracks. Four of the pieces are composed by MacDonald, two in samba/bossa nova style that maintain the laid-back feel of the playing. The other seven are standards some of which give MacDonald the opportunity to stretch out and play with a more attacking style.


Give Me The Simple Life is full of lively, rippling runs, while Dizzy Gillespie and Co.'s Woody 'N You has a nice tight bebop sound. I particularly liked the final track The Way You Look Tonight with some fast soloing and good chordal work.

Larry Holloway on bass and Tim Pleasant on drums provide a strong platform for MacDonald's guitar and Big Black's djembe adds depth to the mix but might perhaps have been given a bit more chance to solo.

However, I must mention that the founder and editor-in-chief of BSH is getting even more musical recognition as clearly one of  MacDonald's original compositions, Lance or Lot can only be about one person!
JC

My Shining Hour, Lance or Lot, Cat City Samba, Tram Jam, What's New, Give Me The Simple Life, Stranger in Paradise, I Hadn't Anyone Till You, Woody 'N You, Bossa Nueva, The Way You Look Tonight.

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