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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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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).

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Tonight's Blue Note: Freddie Hubbard - Ready For Freddie

Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Wayne Shorter (tenor sax); Bernard McKinney (euphonium); McCoy Tyner (piano); Art Davis (bass); Elvin Jones (drums).

In my vast collection of albums, this is the only one where I can recall the presence of a euphonium - at least not one where it takes its place as a front line instrument. McKinney, later to be known as Kiane Zawadi recorded with a host of name musicians but, probably mainly as a trombonist, I don't know. What I do know is that he gets a good sound out of the instrument - as good as a valve trombone and probably better than a French horn - and it makes me wonder why it hasn't featured more frequently in jazz circles.

As the ultimate accolade, McKinney loses nothing by comparison to Hubbard and Shorter who are in cracking form. Shorter and McKinney drop out for A Weaver of Dreams which is a shame as I'd like to have heard it played on euphonium! Nevertheless, Hubbard's rendition is probably the best version I've heard of this great ballad - even Nat Cole singing it didn't get this close to the song.

It's yet another magnificent Blue Note recorded in 1962 with McCoy Tyner also in scintillating form driven along by Jones and Davis.
Lance.

Arietis; A Weaver of Dreams; Marie Antoinette; Birdlike; Crisis; Arietis (alt. take); Marie Antoinette (alt. take).

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