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Bebop Spoken There

John McDonough (reviewing Bright Red Dog’s In Vivo): “When you improvise on nothing, that’s what you get”. - DownBeat August 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.

Postage

13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

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

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

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Album review: Rez Abbasi - Django-shift

Rez Abbasi (guitars); Neil Alexander (organ/electronics/synths); Michael Sarin (drums).

The first time I played this I recoiled in horror!  How could they do this to the memory of Europe's most legendary jazz musician? This was the equivalent of hanging your dirty washing on somebody else's line!

Sacrilege! 


I listened again and it occurred to my that I had had my ears in the wrong direction! I was expecting yesterday and thought I was hearing tomorrow when, in actual fact, upon the third hearing what I was listening to - and warming to by the minute - was very much of today.

In my defence, it was a case of pre-judgment. You see a list of tunes and you imagine guitars chugging away à la Hot Club never crossing your mind that these compositions aren't caught in a time-warp but, like the works of Gershwin, Porter, Berlin and all the rest, they are timeless.

This opened my eyes. I forgot about Stephane, Django and his brothers and took it aboard for what it is.

A modern jazz, groove based, version of some great songs by a trio that doesn't insult the originals but, by adding their own input, puts them into the context of today's music.

Rez Abbasi is rapidly moving to the forefront of contemporary guitarists, and to his credit, he has glanced over his shoulder...
Worth checking out.
Lance

Diminishing; Swing 42; Heavy Artillery; Django's Castle; Anniversary Song; Cavalerie; Douce Ambiance; Hungaria; September Song.

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