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Bebop Spoken There

Michael League: "We flew back from Europe, and the second gig we [Snarky Puppy] did was in Arcata, California. There were two people. And one of them was the bartender." - (DownBeat December, 2022)

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.

Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14806 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1074 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (Nov.24).

From This Moment On ...

November

Mon 28: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 28: Jeremy McMurray & Friends @ Billingham Catholic Club. 7:30pm. £5.00. at the door. A SVP fundraiser for Xmas food hampers.

Tue 29: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Wed 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 30: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Wed 30: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 30: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 30: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

December
Thu 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 01: New York Jazz Night feat. Zoë Gilby @ The Keys, Yarm. 7:00pm. £30.00. (inc. meal). Tickets from Skiddle. Gilby w. Noel Dennis, Mark Williams & Andy Champion.
Thu 01: Bold Big Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Cluny 2.
Thu 01: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm. Paul Skerritt & James Harrison residency.
Thu 01: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 02: Swing Manouche @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 02: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: Durham University Big Band + Durham University Jazz Orchestra @ Kingsgate Bar, Durham Students' Union, Dunelm House, Durham. 7:00pm. £3.00. & £2.50. Fundraiser for Coppafeel.
Fri 02: Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm.
Fri 02: Alligator Gumbo @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm. Xmas party.
Fri 02: Struggle Buggy's Almost Xmas Party @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 03: Jake Leg Jug Band @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 03: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Liane Carroll. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 03: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sat 03: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Amble Parish Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sat 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. Xmas party.
Sat 03: Ray Johnson, Richard Herdman & Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 04: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 04: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 04: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Bowes & Gilmonby Parish Hall, Co. Durham. 7:30pm.
Sun 04: Liane Carroll @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 04: Let Spin + Ceitidh Mac @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Album Review: Callum Au and Claire Martin – Songs and Stories

Claire Martin needs no introduction and is well established as the doyenne of British jazz singers with many admirers, not least on BSH! She has won British Jazz Awards eight times, been awarded an OBE and received a BASCA Gold Badge Award for her services to jazz. Trombonist Callum Au has composed and arranged music in numerous genres, but especially for big band and large jazz ensembles.

In this collaboration they present a selection of American Songbook classics given modern orchestral and big band treatments.  The album features a total of 82 exceptional musicians from the UK, Europe and USA. Featured soloists and lead musicians include: Ryan Quigley, Andy Wood, Freddie Gavita, Nadim Teimoori, Sam Mayne, Louis Dowdeswell, Andy Martin, Matt Skelton, John Mills and conductor Mark Nightingale.  This is Claire Martin’s first big band or large orchestral recording.

Ms Martin has cornered the market in this particular musical genre – old romantic (i.e. not new romantic, pre-romantic, romantic or post-romantic).  “Young Turks” need read no further!

A warm brass fanfare opens Pure Imagination (Bricusse-Newley) with lush string orchestration underpinning the exquisitely delivered vocal line.  A fine solo from Gavita on trumpet is the icing on the cake.  Let’s Get Lost (Loesser-McHugh) is presented as a slow swing. Orchestration is less dense, permitting pianistic exploration by Rob Barron [aka Robin Hood - Ed].   

I Get Along Without You Very Well (Carmichael) is presented with full-on romantic (happy/sad) orchestration – strings very much to the fore, with subtle support from muted trumpet and woodwind.  A piano solo introduces and predominates in The Folks Who Live on the Hill (Kern-Hammerstein).  Restrained strings arrive late to the party, never intrusive.  Claire Martin puts her own stamp on this, perhaps over-familiar, piece.  Hello, Young Lovers! (Rodgers-Hammerstein) ups the tempo, a definite big band swing. 

I Concentrate on You (Cole Porter) has a more regular groove with orchestral support and a superb tenor solo from Nadim Teimoori.  Solo oboe and woodwind introduce I Never Went Away (Rodney-Bennett). The Night We Called It a Day (Denis-Adair) features piano and strings again, with subtle  support from the band.

Stars Fell on Alabama (Parish-Perkins) commences with a descending cascade (of stars?) on strings to morph into a full on big band groove with smart scatting from Claire Martin at the core of the piece.  Don’t Like Goodbyes (Arlen-Capote) reverts to type with piano, background strings and a bluesy contribution from the band.  You and the Night and the Music (Schwartz-Dietz) takes us out on a high note with an infectious Latin groove – I defy anyone not to at least chair-dance!

Songs and Stories is to be released on the Copenhagen based Stunt Records Label on June 19 and will be available as digital download (as reviewed), CD (Cat No. STUCD 20062) and LP (Cat No. STULP20061). 

I Get Along Without You Very Well and You and The Night and The Music have also already been released as singles. 
Hugh C

Claire Martin (vocals); Louis Dowdeswell Tom Walsh, George Hogg, James Davison (trumpets); Andy Wood, Callum Au, Chris Traves, Barry Clements (trombones); Sam Mayne, Simon Marsh, Paul Booth, Tom Richards, Martin Williams (saxes); Rob Barron (piano); Tommy Emmerton (guitar); Jeremy Brown, David Hughes (bass); Matt Skelton, Jamey Tate (drums); James Turner, Joey de Leon (perc);  Callum Au (arrangements) + Freddie Gavita (trumpet); Andy Martin (trombone); Nadim Teimoori (tenor sax); Ryan Quigley (trumpet).

Orchestra:
Mark Nightingale (conductor);
John Mills (and leader), Jeremy Isaac, Anna Harpham, Ben Buckton, Charis Jenson, Charles Mutter, Ciaran McCabe, Emma Parker, Everton Nelson, Helena Wood, Gemma Sharples, Katerina Nazarova, Kate Robinson, Lizzie Ball, Marianne Haynes, Maria Spengler, Matt Elston, Natalia Bonner, Nicole Wilson,Patrick Savage, Pete Graham, Ruth Rogers, Thom Gould, Tom Piggott Smith, Anna Cooper, Annie Beilby, Ben Newton,Lydia Lowndes-Northcott (violins).

Bruce White, Bryony Mycroft, Jonathan Barritt, Kay Stephen, Adrian Bradbury, Frank Schaeffer, James Barralet, Bozidar Vukotic (violas)

Magda Pietraszewska, Rowena Calvert, Richard Pryce, Laurence Ungless, Dom Worsley (celli)

Monica McCarron, Jane Marshall, Karen Jones (basses)

Howard McGill, Simon Marsh, Jessamy Holder, Peter Long, Katy Woolley, Corrine Bailey, Matt Gunner, Richard Watkins (woodwind)

Matt Lewis, Barry Clements (French horns); Andy Wood (trombone); Owen Slade (tuba); Laurence Ungless (bass); Matt Skelton (drums); James Turner (percussion); Rob Barron piano/celesta); Tommy Emmerton (guitar); Hugh Webb (harp).

Produced by Callum Au and Louis Dowdeswell. Recorded at Stadium Studios and Air Studios, London, in February/March 2019.

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