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Victor Wooten: "People don't expect to have bass players get together and sound like music and not just like a bunch of elephants" (JazzTimes April, 2022)

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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

14226 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 445 of them this year alone and, so far, 45 this month (May 13).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Tue 17: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 18: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 18: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 18: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 19: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 19: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 19: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 19: 58 Jazz Collective @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. TBC.

Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).
Fri 20: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Swing Bridge @ Garden House Coffee, Hallgate, Hexham. 4:05pm.
Fri 20: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 20: Customs House Big Band w Ruth Lambert @ Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm.
Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).

Sat 21: Elkie Brooks @ Whitley Bay Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ The Hippodrome, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Album review: Rudresh Mahanthappa - Hero Trio

Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto sax); Francois Moutin (bass); Rudy Royston (drums). 

I'd heard glowing reports about this album and, I'm pleased to say the fluorescence is fully justified although I did initially view it with the gravest of doubts. Why? They wear masks! Not PPE type masks but the sort of face covering favoured by Batman and Robin or, in an earlier age, Dick Turpin. Well all I can say is that they certainly stand and deliver.

The title, Hero Trio, derives from the album's theme which is to pay tribute to Princeton director of Jazz Mahanthappa's heroes - those musicians who have influenced him. 



The heroes are diverse: Three Charlie Parker pieces (Red Cross, Barbados and Dewey Square), Stevie Wonder is represented with Overjoyed and Trane's 26-2 is merged with Barbados thus linking up two of the major figures in modern jazz. 

The standards I Can't Get Started and I'll Remember April were inspired, not by Bunny Berigan or George Shearing but, the former by Sonny Rollins and Benny Carter and the latter by Lee Konitz. Keith Jarrett was the original brains behind The Windup whilst Ornette Coleman composed Sadness and June Carter  ignited Ring of Fire for her husband Johnny Cash.

Mahanthappa is one of the most exciting alto players I've heard in recent years and he does his heroes proud. The lack of a chordal instrument offers a chance of freedom which the alto player grabs with both hands. Of course, without a sound bass and drums, freedom could quickly turn into chaos! Not so here. Moutin and Royston are top draw. Some of the bass solos are as good as any I've ever heard - and I do mean ever! Royston is no mere time-keeper although he does keep time but he is also as much an integral part of the trio as the other two often laying down a line that is as melodic as it is rhythmic.

Hero Trio was released yesterday (June 19) by Whirlwind Recordings (WR4760) and if isn't top of at least one of the Jazzwise charts in the mag's August edition (July's already on the street*) I'll eat my virtual hat!
Lance.

* July's Jazzwise, incidentally, contains a letter from one of the Jazz Coop's directors, Debra Milne).

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