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Bebop Spoken There

Greg Osby: “I have my own style, my own attitude, my own opinions about things. I'm not a follower". DownBeat, February, 2024.

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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16221 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 103 of them this year alone and, so far, 47 this month (Feb. 18).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Fri 23: Mark Williams Trio @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 23: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 23: Salty Dog Trio @ The Greenhouse, Tynemouth. 7:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. adv.). CANCELLED!
Fri 23: Crooners @ The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed. 7:30pm. £30.00., £28.00.
Fri 23: Strictly Smokin' Big Band w Dennis Rollins @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Friday, May 15, 2020

CD (double) Review: Brecker Brothers - Live and Unreleased

Randy Brecker (trumpet/vocal); Michael Brecker (tenor sax); Barry Finnerty (guitar); Mark Gray (keys); Neil Jason (bass); Richie Morales (drums).

I must admit that when the Brecker Brothers were at the height of their popularity my tastes were somewhat more temperate and I paid them little attention. However, these live, previously unreleased tracks from a 1980 concert in Hamburg, show me exactly what I was missing.

Fortunately, with maturity, my tastes have broadened and what seemed to me somewhat outré back then comes across as closer to the mainstream today. Jazz/rock/fusion/funk - call it what you may - they generated excitement by the bucket-load. Reminds me in some ways of northeast band King Bee,

Ten tracks, split over 2 CDs, the brothers show an incredible technique - Randy displaying the brilliance I remember from hearing him with SNJO in Edinburgh a few years back, Michael making sounds that Adolphe Sax never dreamed possible when he invented the instrument. Listen to them trading responses on The Sponge.

Finnerty on guitar is equally amazing - he and keyboardist Gray also trade on the same wild number. Jason and Morales are driving forces throughout with the latter having an extended solo on Baffled.

Funky Sea, Funky Dew lasts 18 minutes+ and has an extended cadenza by Michael about 10 minutes in that lasts for a couple of minutes before some subterranean sounds from the engine room join in - this is weird in a compelling sort of way.

The tracks are long and by the time I was midway through the second CD my interest had begun to wane. The punch was still there but it began to sound a bit samey and, whilst the horns maintained my interest, the grooves being laid down behind them began to grate although I wouldn't have wanted to miss Randy's solo on Inside Out. He also sings on the final track - Don't Get Funny With my Money

If the two albums had been issued individually I'd have bought Volume One and awaited eagerly for the follow up. However, hearing them as one is like having that extra drink too many or, if you're a teetotaller, that last cream cake.

Nevertheless, despite my reservations, it's a classic that all Brecker fans should crawl over burning coals for.
Lance.

Available from Piloo Records.

Strap Hangin'; Tee'd Off; Sponge; Funky Sea, Funky Dew; I Don't Know either; Inside Out; Baffled; Some Skunk Funk; East River; Don't Get Funny With my Money.

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