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Bebop Spoken There

KT Reeder: "The idea of teaching somebody to improvise is just bloody ridiculous. In this country jazz has been appropriated by universities. They have jazz courses, and they churn out people who have a degree in jazz, which makes me feel very nauseous, the idea that you can be trained to do jazz." - (Giant Steps by David Burke)

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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.

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13,248 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 667 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (May 16).

Coming soon ...



May 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen at The Holystone (Indoors!)
May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club. 8:30pm start.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 21: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club. (Revised date).
June 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club. (Revised date).

Thursday, April 23, 2020

CD Review: Henry Robinett Quartet - Jazz Standards Volume 1

Henry Robinett (guitar); Joe Gilman (piano); Chris Symer (bass); Michael Stephans (drums).

The Henry Robinett Quartet recorded these 10 tracks 20 years ago and they then lay dormant for 19 years. The guitarist has no recollection of why they stayed on the shelf for almost a couple of decades but, when he eventually got around to listening to them again he was pleasantly surprised at how good they sounded.  This wasn't a statement made with a lack of modesty - he was merely quoting a fact, a fact that I wholeheartedly concur with.


He swings along with the fluency of say, Kessel, Ellis or Pass aided and abetted by a solid rhythm section. Guitar and piano complement each other perfectly and avoid any dissonant chordal clashes. Gilman is a punchy soloist who picks up Robinett's lines seamlessly creating one long solo out of two shorter ones.

Bass and drums allow no flagging up front, they drive  the other two like jockeys in a photo finish. 

Guitar albums don't come any better than this - and nor do piano albums!
Release date is May 1 with a Volume 2 scheduled to follow as well as newly recorded Volumes 3 and 4 from 2019.
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