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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

14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Whitley Bay Carnival: Northern Monkey Brass Band (1:00-1:45pm & 4:00-4:45pm); Baghdaddies (2:00-2:45pm & 5:00-5:45pm) @ Spanish City Plaza Arena, Whitley Bay. Northern Monkey Brass Band (2:30-2:45pm) @ Rainbow Corner (Marine Ave.), Whitley Bay.
Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 29 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Hartlepool United Supporters’ Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Groovetrain @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 29: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Allendale Village Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sun 29: Two of a Mind: Sue Ferris-Steve Summers Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 29: Cedric Burnside @ Cluny, Newcastle. Superb Mississippi hill country blues!

Mon 30: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Album Review: Ant Law - The Sleeper Wakes

Ant Law (guitar); Michael Chillingworth (alto sax, bass clarinet); Ivo Neame (piano); Tom Farmer (acoustic bass); James Maddren (drums) + Tim Garland (tenor sax), Adam Kovacs (percussion).

I've had the pleasure of seeing this terrific guitarist as leader and with Tim Garland, who makes a guest appearance here. On both occasions I found myself chatting with him and he's amiable, charismatic and humble, even as he emerges as one of the front-line of British Jazz guitarists.

He's joined here by fellow leading British jazz musicians, who gel seamlessly and I found myself making comparisons with Weather Report, and I can pay no higher tribute than that. But the music, while grounded by conventional sounds from primarily acoustic instruments besides his guitar is nevertheless, thoroughly contemporary.

The album opens with The Sleeper Sleeps and I spotted a nursery rhyme quality even before I knew the title of the track or the album. The Sleeper Wakes ups the ante, indicating Law's chops, but without any rock guitar posturing or any sense that it's just for the sake of it cos he can.

Liable to Wyble is the first of several short solo guitar or sax interludes which, while perfectly pleasant, add little either as individual pieces or to any overall album-wide development.

Two Bridges features brilliant solos from sax and piano, the latter also providing assured comping behind Law's solo.     

Her Majesty is the longest piece on the set and gives Law space for his most jaw-dropping playing, together with more compelling comping from Neame,  Maddren suitably busy on drums.

The final cut, Swan Song, is perhaps one slow number too many, though drums bubbling just beneath the surface threatens an escalation that's never fully realised.

It's a good set that should interest guitarists and guitar enthusiasts and anybody who likes their jazz straight but entirely modern sounding.     

It's out on July 24 but on digital platforms only, which troubles me slightly. While I have no ideological objection to streaming in principle, and it's certainly the future, I'm not sure it's yet entirely the present. He may find he's alienating a section of his audience who still need something they can hold.
Steve T.

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