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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).

Monday, April 27, 2020

Tonight's Blue Note: Freddie Redd Quartet - The Connection.

Jackie McLean (alto sax); Freddie Redd (piano); Mike Mattos (bass); Larry Riley (drums).

The Connection, Jack Gelber's 1959 play about drug addicts awaiting the arrival of The Dealer used musicians as part of the cast including pianist Redd, who composed the music, and McLean, whose searing alto perfectly captured the scene - and so it should - he'd been there, got the needle tracks and knew the score (and how to score)!

There have been innumerable Parker disciples and McLean rates alongside any of them, and above most.

Redd's compositions are great and his piano playing isn't bad either. I often wonder why he didn't achieve greater fame.

The rhythm section do the job without going over the top - they were also in the cast. But McLean is absolutely superb irrespective of the context.

I once had another recording of The Connection by a group that included Cecil Payne on baritone and Clark Terry on trumpet, with the great Charlie Persip on drums. The music on that one was good too but, somewhere along the way, I lost it. If I ever do become reacquainted with the LP it will be interesting to compare the two versions. Going on memory, I think this one just has the edge.
Lance.

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