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Veronica Swift: "I don't want to call myself a jazz singer anymore. I'm a singer and a storyteller.'" - (JazzTimes, December 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

13823 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 42 of them this year alone and, so far, 42 this month (Jan. 12).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Sat 15: Elsadie & the Bobcats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm..

Sun 16 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 16: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 16: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 16: Garner-Pope Duo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 17: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

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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