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Bebop Spoken There

Greg Abate: "So many sounds are ugly now. There are no harmonics, no chords. What do people hear these days? Why do things have to change from that good music?" (JazzTimes June/July 2022)

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:"Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Album Review: Suzanna Ross – is Bewitched – Not Bothered, Not Bewildered

Suzanna Ross (Vocals); Gregory Toroian (piano, arrangements); Skip Ward (bass); David Silliman (drums)

Suzanna Ross sings in New York City at jazz and cabaret venues, such as the Metropolitan Room and TOMI Jazz as well as performing at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. Growing up hearing all kinds of music, her repertoire is wide, including jazz, French chansons, pop, bossa nova and songs from films. This is her debut album.

The mix of songs is, indeed, very varied, and the instrumentalists are well up to the mark, especially during their short solos. I can simply quote from the notes supplied '[they] offer solid and subtle support'. Ms Ross's voice is enjoyable to listen to, but, to my ears, the tone was a little unsure at times. The voice was stronger on the French chanson items, with an effective vibrato sound, adding to the passion of those songs. It is worth listing the tracks individually to demonstrate the variety.

Haven't We Met

Bewitched - not the usual jazz song but the theme song from the TV show. I remember this well, the heroine waggled her nose to cast spells. I know this from my misspent youth watching too much TV.

Dreamer, followed by Ces Petits Riens - in French with a piano introduction. Then Mr Wonderful which is sung with feeling. Summer Me, Winter Me is from a 1969 film, a lively fast tune, rounded off, impressively, with a bass drum playing along with high pitched piano.

Parlez-Moi de Lui is followed by my least favourite song - My Favorite Things - and then comes Laura from the 1944 film noir. For Me Formidable has alternate French and English lyrics followed by a catchy Come To Baby Do. Over The Rainbow is a little different from usual, sung in both English and French.

The last 3 tracks are Boomerang Baby, an Australian love song; the Herman's Hermits' number There's A Kind Of Hush, and Live for Life, a fitting finale, all about living life to the full in the present.

The album was self-released on March 20, 2020, presumably available from the usual suspects. See www.suzannaross.com
Ann Alex

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