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Farewell Blues

R I P Terry Shannon - November 5, 1929 - October 29, 2022
R I P Oliver Soden - ? - November 6, 2022
R I P Top Cat Daphne - ? - November 24, 2022.
R I P Louise Tobin - November 11, 1918 - November 26, 2022

Bebop Spoken There

Kenny Barron: "During the pandemic I got to do a lot more cooking. As long as you can read you can cook." - (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

14845 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1094 of them this year alone and, so far, 93 this month (Nov. 30).

From This Moment On ...

November

December
Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 05: Sia Ahmad & Raymond MacDonald @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. from www.seetickets.com. Live recording session - note no late admissions. BYOB.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 12 noon-3:00pm.Free. New!
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Last one of the year, resuming Jan 26.
Thu 08: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 08: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm.
Thu 08: Christmas Crooners @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Thu 08: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. £5.00. on the door.

Fri 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £25.00. 'Afternoon Jazz with Festive Lunch'.
Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Jason Isaacs @ Northern Rugby Club, Gosforth, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £25.00 (inc. two course Xmas meal). Isaacs performing with backing tapes.

Sat 10: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas: Life Drawing & Improvised Music @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. TBC.
Sat 10: Alan Barnes Octet: A Jazz Xmas Carol @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £20.00. All-star band!

Sun 11: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 11: Spanish City Rollers @ Northumberland Square, North Shields. 12:30pm. Free. Community band inc. Graham Hardy.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Jam session, all welcome.
Sun 11: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Xmas party feat. Mick Donnelly Quartet. 4:00pm. Tickets: £6.00 (admission from 12 noon).
Sun 11: Paul Skerritt @ Liberty Brown's, Sunderland. 1:00pm.
Sun 11: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Sun 11: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: DC Blues Band @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Blues Band.
Sun 11: Jason Isaacs @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 5:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Sun 11: Boys of Brass @ Stack, Seaburn. 6:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Elda with Faye MacCalman + John Pope & John Garner @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

CD Review: Kurt Rosenwinkel - Angels Around


Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar); Dario Deidda (bass guitar); Gregory Hutchinson (drums).

The last album of standards by a Kurt Rosenwinkel trio was Relections in 2009. It featured an A-list bass and drums team of Eric Revis and Eric Harland. Angels Around is on his own record label Heartcore Records and features another fantastic band which features bass guitarist Dario Deidda and Gregory Hutchinson on drums.

The album opens with the Thelonious Monk composition Ugly Beauty which grooves with a double time feel from the rhythm section. It’s immediately apparent why Kurt is the most important jazz guitarist of his generation, demonstrating his flawless technique, an endless flow of ideas and a singularly unique sound.

Track two ups the pace with a lesser known blues by legendary bass player Paul Chambers (Miles Davis, John Coltrane) called Ease it, which illustrates how the band can really swing. This is the real deal, ‘Hutch’ and Deidda in support of Kurt wherever he takes it. Kurt’s ferocious solo is followed by a bass solo with Deidda showing what a great changes player he is. At the climax, Kurt trades choruses with Hutch before they head out.

The next track, a well-known Charles Mingus ballad Self Portrait in Three Colors, features more great bass playing from Deidda, with support from Kurt’s always appropriate and sometimes ambient comping. The track builds wonderfully during Kurt’s solo.

Simple #2 is the first of two originals on the album, this one by Kurt, and illustrates his rock influence and shows what a great writer he is, as well as being an astonishing guitarist. The rock influence is emphatic in his composition, sound and playing style on this cut.

Next up is Punjab, a Joe Henderson composition from the album In 'n Out. Another chance to hear some great ensemble playing topped off with Hutch on top form during trades.

The penultimate track is the trio’s take on the Bill Evans classic Time Remembered and this is followed by the title track, written by Deidda. It reminds me of Hope from the Mahavishnu Orchestra album Birds of Fire, which may be deliberate as this was around the time McLaughlin and Devadip Carlos Santana were under the influence of a guru who claimed the constant presence of angels.

The digital album ends with Passarim by Antonio Carlos Jobim as an additional track, featuring more impossibly fast runs from Kurt, but without ever feeling like he’s simply showing off.

The accompanying notes sum the album up nicely: “Angels Around traverses new musical frontiers in the standard jazz idiom. While Rosenwinkel, Hutchinson and Deidda embody and emote the rich traditions of jazz at its purest form, make no mistake, the music is thoroughly contemporary, focused, and for the here and now.”

It’s a given that it should be of interest to any guitarists or guitar enthusiasts, including his use of delay, overdrive and reverb, but it should also appeal to anyone interested in current and future developments in jazz.

It’s available now on digital platforms with a CD and vinyl’s date of June 12. 
Steve T

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