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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Holland: "Back then, one of my first gigs was with Wally Fawkes and Johnny Parker at the Crown and Anchor in Islington, playing music that went back to the days of King Oliver. And I've always enjoyed the joyousness of that music, and the sound of everybody fitting together beautifully, improvising together." - Jazzwise, August 2021.

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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.

Postage

13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

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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