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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.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

CD Review: Tony Gowland - American Writers

Tony Gowland (piano/vocals/composition); Mal Douglas (guitar).

Tony Gowland, a northeast singer/songwriter/pianist, has recorded this very listenable CD/download. Although by no means an out and out jazz album - more of a peripheral one - there's still plenty to appeal to all but the hardcore enthusiast.

The voice comes across on the more laconic numbers rather like Tom Waits before he swallowed the broken glass. In Gowland's own words: 

"I’ve tried to make this quite a mix of styles , pulling in New Orleans influences which include that mix of Latin, jazz, gospel and blues as well as  the more standard song formats you’d expect from the American east   coast songwriters where it suited the feel.   Each of the songs are meant to   be a short story hence the title American Writers".

There's touches of country, shades of Billy Joel, Dr. John, Leon Russell and a jazz feel to Monk's Bar which is based on Blue Monk.

The titles, all originals by Gowland, are enigmatic enough to make you want to investigate further. This you can do from June 1 via Spotify, iTunes etc.
Lance

Rose's Heart and Soul; Mayella's Tale; Boston Irish; Long Way to Recovery; Monk's Bar; Stone; Working Girl; H'porth of Tar; The Painter; A Little Hymn to Ourselves.

1 comment :

Colin Bone said...

Loved the album. Every track has something interesting going on. I would look forward to hearing more from this guy. The review is correct in that's it's not an out and out jazz album but there are lots of influences in there and a lot of diversity between the tracks to keep you interested from start to end and to play it again.

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