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Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

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15087 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 106 of them this year alone and, so far, 4 this month (Feb. 1).

From This Moment On ...

February

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibiton Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Monday, September 07, 2020

Album review: Rob Barron Trio - From This Moment On.

Rob Barron (piano); Jeremy Brown (bass); Josh Morrison (drums).

Way back when, if the label read Blue Note, Prestige or Contemporary, American jazz record buyers knew they were getting the best. Over here, Vogue, Esquire and Tempo ensured British listeners didn't miss out either.

Fast forward to today and one of the labels carrying the baton and threatening to lap the field is Ubuntu Music who have produced  many outstanding albums of which this is one of the best.

It may be thought that the jazz piano trio, particularly one playing standards, was long past its sell-by date. I mean to say, after Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson, Art Tatum, Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson, Errol Garner, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett etc. what's left?

Well, there's Rob Barron for starters ...

The piano is an instrument of such diversity that the permutations of notes and chords are forever available for experimentation and Barron does this beautifully.  The explorative nature of the ballads, the fast and loose swingers, the inbetweeners, all indicate that here is a pianist (and composer) to be reckoned with. 

Lover Man is not given the poignancy normally associated with the tune, instead it's sent on a roller coaster ride that takes nothing away from the original melody despite being far removed from the composer's intent. But that's what I like abouut the album. You recognise the title but it doesn't always turn out to be as you expected. This is the beauty of playing standards. Even if a song has been done 99 different ways the creative artist will still discover the 100th way to tackle it. Bill Evans had that quality and, on the evidence of this album, so has Rob Barron.

Ably aided and abetted by Brown and Morrison, this is one disc I couldn't wait to play again.
Lance

Lover Man; Pure Imagination; My Foolish Heart; Butch and Butch; Fortune Green (original); In a Sentimental Mood; From This Moment on; As Time Goes By; Evidently (original); A Time For Love.

Available Oct. 2 on Ubuntu Music UBU064.

1 comment :

Jen said...

I've just seen this write up and it brought back very happy memories of one of Tristan Maillot's Loire Jazz Courses I attended in 2014 with Anita Wardell leading the vocalists. Our piano accompaniment was Rob Barron and Barry Green - I certainly didn't realise then just how lucky I was!! So I have just listened to the recording I have of me singing Speak Low and Here Comes that Rainy Day with Rob. Thanks Lance for the review.

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