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Bebop Spoken There

John Scofield: "I like architecture that lends itself to improvisation." - (Jazzwise November, 2021)

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! --

Postage

13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Monday, May 11, 2020

CD Review: Samoa Wilson w. Jim Kweskin Band - (I Just Want to be) Horizontal.

There's a real twenties/thirties feel to this that manages to blend classic jazz with just a suggestion of Americana resulting in as delightful an album as you're likely to hear either side of the Mason/Dixon Line.

Bessie, Billie and Ella rub shoulders with The sons of the Pioneers, Something Smith and the Redheads - even Danny Kaye - who all inspired a lot of the material. Samoa also sings the verse to some not overworked standards. However, the most intriguing number is the title track originally recorded in 1946 by the Pat Flowers Band with vocal by Bunty Pendleton in what was, amazingly, her only known recording.

Samoa Wilson has the ideal voice for it - New Orleans meets Nashville in NYC. It's raunchy and yet sultry on the ballads.

Leader Kweskin, 80-year-old when it was recorded and better known as the leader of a Jim Kweskin Jug Band, adds his own vocal chops to Samoa's on a couple of numbers as well as playing rhythm guitar and some fingerpicking solos that were fingerpickin' good!

Mike Davis is a name familiar to those who attended last year's Classic Jazz Party in the Village Inn and he's equally impressive here. Lichtman has a lovely, fluid clarinet sound and Paloma Ohm plays alto with an almost Johnny Hodges-like grace. Drummer Brown, the blurb tells us, worked in his own band with Samoa for two years playing standards and torch songs in a mob joint in Boston, lighting up happy hour. But why am I singling out individuals? It's a band that gels and all combine to make this an album that will appeal to fans of several different genres.
Lance
Available June 12 (Kingswood Records, LLC).

Samoa Wilson (vocals); Jim Kweskin (vocals/rhythm guitar); Titus Vollmer (guitars/ukulele); Mike Davis (trumpet); Paloma Ohm (alto sax); Dennis Lichtman  (clarinet/fiddle/mandolin/alto sax); Sonny Barbato (piano/accordion); Matthew Berlin (bass); Jeff Brown (drums) + Sean Read & Mattie Read Clarke (backing vocals on At Ebb Tide)

After You've Gone; (I Just Want to be) Horizontal; Trust in Me; I Cried For You; The Candy Man; Inch Worm; That's Life I Guess; Until the Real Thing Comes Along; Me, Myself, and I; Our Love is Here to Stay; Kitchen Man; At Ebb Tide, Lover Come Back to Me; Easy to Love; He Ain't Got Rhythm; I Wished on the Moon; Someone Turned the Moon Upside Down.

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