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Bebop Spoken There

Raymond Chandler: “ I was walking the floor and listening to Khatchaturian working in a tractor factory. He called it a violin concerto. I called it a loose fan belt and the hell with it ". The Long Goodbye, Penguin 1959.

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

16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...

April

Sat 13: Giles Strong Quartet @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00-9:00pm. £10.00.
Sat 13: Phantom Bagman + Forgetmenots @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:30pm.£5.00. + bf. Upstairs.
Sat 13: Rockin’ Turner Brothers @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Downstairs.

Sun 14: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Alan Law, Jude Murphy & Tim Johnston @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 14: JazzMain @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 15: Dave Newton @ Yamaha Music School, Seaforth St., Blyth NE24 1AY. 1:00 - 1:45pm. £8.00. + bf. Newton, solo piano.
Mon 15: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 15: Hideout @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.50 + £1.33 bf. Feat. Sleep Suppressor + Flat Moon.
Mon 15: Russ Morgan Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00.

Tue 16: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Bradley Johnston, Paul Grainger, Bailey Rudd.

Wed 17: Bailey Rudd (Minor Recital) @ The Music Studios, Haymarket Lane, Newcastle University. 11:40am. Bailey Rudd (drums). Open to the public.
Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ The Gala, Durham. 7:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 18: NONUNONU @ Elder Beer Café, Chillingham Road, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 18: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. + bf. Support act TBC.
Thu 18: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band night with Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Donna Hewitt (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 19: Cia Tomasso @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. ‘Cia Tomasso sings Billie Holiday’. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Levitation Orchestra + Nauta @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £11.00.
Fri 19: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.

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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