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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!"

Postage

14438 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 716 of them this year alone and, so far, 13 this month (August 6).

From This Moment On ...

August

Mon 08: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 08: Central Bar Quintet plays John Jenkins with Kenny Burrell @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. Concert performance (featuring Giles Strong) + jam session. £5.00 (free admission to sitters-in).

Tue 09: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Katy Trigger, King David Ike-Elechi.
Tue 09: Abbie Finn Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm.

Wed 10: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 10: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Wed 10: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 10: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 10: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 11: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 11: Baghdaddies @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. Time TBC.
Thu 11: Indigo Jazz Voices: Little Big Band Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. POSTPONED!
Thu 11: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests Donna Hewitt (sax) Josh Bentham (sax) Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 12: Ben Gilbert Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sun 14: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 14: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ West Park, South Shields. 2:00pm.
Sun 14: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 14: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Sun 14: Sunday Night Am Jam Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Note start time.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Album review: System 6 - Bennie's Lament

Benn Clatworthy (tenor/soprano sax, clarinet/bass clarinet, flute/alto flute); Ron Stout (trumpet); Joey Sellers (trombone); Bryan Velasco (piano); Bruce Lett (bass); Yayo Morales (drums).

I remember well the evening when Clatworthy appeared at the Globe in one of the Jazz Coop's earlier promotions - November, 2014 - and I was impressed. Likewise, in June this year, when he released a quartet album - The Pursuit. That too did nothing to lesson my enthusiasm for the London born, Los Angeles based, reedsman. And now, here he is again with his sextet - System 6.


Consisting of six of Southern California's finest instrumentalists, Bennie's Lament not only showcases the leader's prowess on his various instruments but also brings his compositional skills to the fore (he composed 9 of the 11 tracks with Morales and Sellers providing the other 2).

It's a gem ranging from the emotional, almost melancholic, Terry Briggs (who was Terry Briggs?) to the frantic free for all that is How They Talk. Most of the others fall somewhere in between. Morales' contribution, Two Little Brothers, not surprisingly features himself although not before a blistering tenor solo and some atonal polyphony from the horns in the build up.

More paint-stripping tenor on the title track tempered by some comparatively restrained, although no less exciting, piano from Velasco.

No Collusion  is relatively short at just under 3 minutes but it's long enough for meaningful solos by Sellers and Lett. It brought Horace Silver to my mind. Don't ask me why - it just did!

Paradoxically, Sellers' own composition Good Grape, at 9:42 mins, is the longest track. Needless to say all are well featured.

Sign of the Times is a straight ahead, hard bop influenced, swinger that morphs into some freer directions - Mingus Lives!

In Strayhorn's Bag is self explanatory. Think Ellington, think Sweet Pea, Passion Flower and you're in the ball park.

The Pursuit is reprised from the earlier album and re-scored for sextet. Clatworthy, on tenor, Velasco and Lett shine.

If you've spent the past 6 years kicking yourself for not being at the Globe on that memorable evening then this is your chance to make amends!
Lance

Available Oct.2 via usual suspects.

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