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JD Allen: "...art in itself is now a luxury that you need a lot of finances to do." - (DownBeat October 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

13,822 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1239 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 18).

From This Moment On ...

October

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 25: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

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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