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Bebop Spoken There

Greg Abate: "So many sounds are ugly now. There are no harmonics, no chords. What do people hear these days? Why do things have to change from that good music?" (JazzTimes June/July 2022)

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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:"Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

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14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Album review: Juliet Kurtzman & Pete Malinverni - Candlelight: Love in the Time of Cholera

Juliet Kurtzman (violin); Pete Malinverni (piano).

Let's face it, an album that is sub-titled Love in the Time of Cholera doesn't quite grab you in quite the same way as, say, an album called Lady in Satin, A Kind of Blue, In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning or Songs For the Late Hours,  does.

Admittedly, cholera, like measles and gastro-enteritis may no longer, in the current climate, be headlines in The Lancet but, nonetheless, such a title isn't going to inspire you to run down to your friendly neighbourhood record store (Central Arcade, Newcastle) and say to the assistant "Have you got Cholera?" 

The main title, Candlelight, is more descriptive and, along with Candlelight, has four other numbers composed by Bix revealing just how harmonically advanced he was in comparision with his contemporaries. I've often wondered if Duke drew from  Bix's piano compositions - both have been separately linked to Debussy - worthy of further investigation.  

Here the music, whilst in many ways compelling, is never totally jazz. Kurtzman's tone on violin is full and luscious almost viola-like in its sonority - evidence of her symphonic background. However, although it doesn't have the swing, the lilt of Grappelli or, closer to home, Emma Fisk, it's still a good sound.

Malinverni provides the jazz content and it's a collaboration of opposites that succeeds. He also supplies a couple of his own compositions.

A reworking of Coleman Hawkins' reworking of Body and Soul works well - that sentence involved a lot of work - and it is a worthy tribute to the original. Scott Joplin's Solace has a delightful turn of the century tearoom feel to it but it's the Bixian numbers that clinch it for me.

Lance

Contact/listen.

Pulcinella; Candlelight; Oblivion; Davenport Blues; Por Una Cabeza; In the Dark; Solace; Body and Soul; Doce de Coco; In a Mist; Love in the Time of Cholera; Flashes.

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