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Bebop Spoken There

Steve Race: "The personnel is different, notably in the inclusion of Ben Webster, always, to my mind, a rather half-hearted tenor player" - - New Musical Express, 16-9-1949.

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

13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

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).

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Tonight's Blue Note: Bud Powell - The Scene Changes


Bud Powell (piano); Paul Chambers (bass); Art Taylor (drums).

One of Powell's lesser known recordings which has, by some, been compared unfavourably with his earlier recordings which, given his mental problems at the time (1959) would be understandable - if it were true!

Fortunately it isn't and, for most of the time, it bears comparison with his greatest work. Admittedly there are moments when he occasionally is a little stilted in his playing but they are few and far between and don't detract from this album of originals. They just prove he is human. Paradoxically there are times when he actually seems to surpass himself - Crossin' the Channel is one such track, the title track another as well as the short  Borderick where he bursts into a stride chorus.

What is ever constant are his chord voicings. Fat and filling like a three- tier sandwich with plenty of mustard.

Chambers and Taylor provide adequate support although, for me, the former's arco solos seem slightly out of context. Taylor, however, is excellent and may well have been one of the most underrated drummers of the bop and beyond era.

Well worth checking out if you thought Bud Powell's star had waned.
Lance

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