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Bebop Spoken There

JD Allen: "...art in itself is now a luxury that you need a lot of finances to do." - (DownBeat October 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

13,806 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1223 of them this year alone and, so far, 50 this month (Oct. 13).

From This Moment On ...

October

Sat 16: Women Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Julija Jacenaite: Improvarium..
Sat 16: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ St Mary's Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm..
Sat 16: Triptych @ Sage Gateshead. 7:45pm. Trio with live visuals by Lisa Delarny. .
Sat 16: Rendezvous Jazz @ Memorial Hall, Ponteland. 8:00pm. Guest Ian Wynne (piano)..

Sun 17: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 17: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club. 1:00pm.
Sun 17: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Unitarian Church, Newcastle. 1:30pm.
Sun 17: Vula Viel @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Saturday, August 08, 2020

Album review: Neil Swainson Quintet - 49th Parallel

Woody Shaw (trumpet); Joe Henderson (tenor sax); Gary Williamson (piano); Neil Swainson  (bass); Jerry Fuller (drums).

Jazz, I hardly need mentioning on these pages - preaching to the converted is the phrase that springs to mind - has developed in leaps and bounds over the years. From its humble beginnings in New Orleans, the music developed to become the influential force it is today.

Anyone who refutes that statement need only listen to a TV advert or a CD by a pop/rock band. Whether they realise it or not, every note played probably has roots traceable to anywhere between Bourbon St. and 52nd St.

However, jazz never stands still and jazz musicians, like their classical counterparts, were/are ever searching for the lost chord. One doubts that they will ever find it. Some, in their quest to find the illusive harmonic device, simply turned their backs on harmony and blew how they felt - a lot of them must have felt pretty bad.

Fortunately, others such as the guys playing here, found their way when chords - the more complex the better - were the norm even though their chosen chords rarely agreed with the composer's except that, on this occasion, they were the composers (Swainson 6, Henderson 1).

Recorded in Canada in 1988 when the world was a happier place - apart from terrorists at home and abroad -  the two hardest boppers of the time were working in Toronto with native bass player Neil Swainson and the result as reported in an earlier preview were sensational.

With all due respect to other forms of jazz both before, afterwards, beyond and outside, this typifies the music I had in mind when I first started this blog - long may it continue ...
Lance.

On Record Store Day (August 29) this once rare collector's item will be available on vinyl in limited edition form whilst, on Sept. 11, it will be up for grabs on deluxe CD, digital and streaming platforms via the usual online hawkers.

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