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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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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).

Friday, April 17, 2020

Tonight's Blue Note: Dexter Gordon - Go

Dexter Gordon (tenor sax); Sonny Clark (piano); Butch Warren (bass); Billy Higgins (drums).

For me, this is the jewel in the crown when it comes to the Blue Note discography. Of all the recordings Dexter Gordon made for the label - and they are all great - for me, this is the one!

Just about every other tenor player, these days, calls out Cheesecake at a jam and so  they should, they're paying tribute to the master. This is one of the all-time classic tenor saxophone recordings.

Just as Sinatra laid down the definitive vocal performance of I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry so does Dexter rubber stamp it with a similar emotional benchmark. 

Second Balcony Jump swings like the proverbial with  Mona Lisa and My Heart Stood Still quotes inserted along the way. Dexter was a great one for the quote! Humour too as the missing final note proves!

Love For Sale switches from a Latin beat to the swinging tempo that always brings out the best in the Cole Porter tune.

Once again a plaintive song associated with Sinatra has the tenor saxist in a melancholy mood. Listening to Where Are You I get the feeling he isn't thinking of melodies or chords but that the words of the song are uppermost in his mind as he explores the Jimmy McHugh/Harold Adamson saga of lost romance.

Three O' Clock in the Morning rounds off the album. Dexter's big round sound, his angular phrases the sheer logic of his solos make him as much a musical giant as he was a physical one - they didn't call him Long Tall Dexter because he was a midget!

His fellow travellers are also musical giants and feature on many other Blue Note albums. Sonny Clark was to the Blue Note piano roster of the day what Joe Di Maggio was to baseball although, as far as we know, Sonny didn't get around to making it with Ms. Monroe.

The album liner notes are by the late great Ira Gitler whose final paragraph reads, "Meanwhile, proceed directly to Go! You won't collect $200,000, but you will get a monopoly of Melody Avenue, Swing Street and Inspiration Place". That man had a turn of phrase few jazz scribes of the time (1962) could match.
Lance

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