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Jack Teagarden: "I never did like anything Ellington ever did. He never had a band all in tune, always had a bad tone quality and bad blend" - Metronome, April 1947.

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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.

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13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Fri 23: Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord @ Gala Theatre & Cinema, Durham. 1:00pm. Tickets: £6.00. + £2.00. bf. Tel: 03000 266 600.

Fri 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.

Fri 23: Helen Anahita Wilson & Shahbaz Hussain @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. SOLD OUT!

Fri 23 - Sun 25: The Globe Summer Festival @ The Globe, Newcastle. Multi-genre bill (jazz inc. Tenement Jazz Band, Nishla Smith). Various ticket options (live stream option available) see: www.jazz.coop.

Sat 24: Youth Ensembles present St Cuthbert Suite @ Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. Composer Paul Edis conducts Folkestra, Jambone, Quay Voices & Young Sinfonia in a new arrangement of his St Cuthbert Suite. AVAILABLE ONLY AS A PRE-RECORDED STREAM ON YOUTUBE AT 7:30PM.

Sat 24: Simon O'Byrne & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 25: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 25: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Album review: Champian Fulton - Birdsong

Champian Fulton (piano/voice); Scott Hamilton (tenor sax); Stephen Fulton (flugel); Hide Tanaka (bass); Fukushi Tainaka (drums).

Well, this one arrived right on the money. As did our singer - before she even left the maternal womb!

Daddy Fulton, who blows flugel on this album, wanted his daughter to come into the world accompanied by "the most beautiful music there ever was." For Stephen Fulton that was the album Bird With Strings. Now if this all sounds a little bit sick-making it obviously worked judging by this splendid album.

Chances are there will be many more Bird tribute albums coming along but, in all fairness, what chance will the instrumentals have against the originals? Will Banksy ever eclipse the Mona Lisa?

However, in Champian, we have as near perfect a take on Bird as any "bird" singer has ever done. A uniquely original voice that gets into the music in a manner that even Sheila Jordan and Carmen McRae didn't quite match. Plus her piano playing is up there too. It is simply fantastic. Ms Fulton does more than run the changes - she supercharges them!

Scott Hamilton can hardly be classed as a bopper but he provides  the perfect foil for both of the Fultons. His laid back tenor playing slotting in perfectly. Stephen Fulton plays flugel and his cool sound is ideal - I wonder what pre-natal music his ma listened too - maybe Bix?

After a day spent listening, reading, talking about Bird this is just about the perfect way to wind down. Ms Fulton has captured the mood of his music both with her voice and her playing.

Recommended to jazz fans, mothers to be and midwives. 
Lance.
Vocals: Just Friends; This is Always; Star Eyes; Dearly Beloved; Out of Nowhere; If I Should Lose You; My Old Flame.
Instrumental: Yardbird Suite; Quasimodo; All God's Chillun Got Rhythm; Bluebird.

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