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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.
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13,739 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1156 of them this year alone and, so far, 100 this month (Sept. 27).

From This Moment On ...


Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 30: Mainly Two @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 30: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops and Cheese, 9-11 Tower St., Hartlepool, TS24 7HH. Tel 0770 4160417. 7:30pm.
Thu 30: Shiver + Run Logan Run @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm. NFOJIM.
Thu 30: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 30: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.


Fri 01: Robert Mitchell @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. NFOJIM.
Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Warmer Than Blood + Kit Downes + Ceitidh Mac @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:30pm. NFOJIM.
Fri 1: Knats + Hand to Mouth @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free but ticketed.

Sat 02: Paul Edis @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. NFOJIM.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Stuart Fowler: Learning Jazz Standards. £25.00. To enrol email:
Sat 02: Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion @ Newcastle Arts Centre. 2:00pm. NFOJIM. SOLD OUT!
Sat 02: John Pope Quintet @ Newcastle Arts Centre. 3:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Sat 02: Jamie Cullum @ Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Green Tangerines @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. NFOJIM.
Sat 02: Alina Bzhezhinska HipHarp Quartet + Pat Thomas @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. NFOJIM. SOLD OUT!
Sat 02: David Gray & Mark Williams @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm.

Sun 03: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin' Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Zoe Rahman @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. NFOJIM. SOLD OUT!
Sun 03: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio + jam session @ Newcastle Arts Centre. 2:00pm. NFOJIM.
Sun 03: Mainly Two @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. NFOJIM.
Sun 03: Pope/Garner/Williams @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:30pm. NFOJIM.
Sun 03: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:00pm. NFOJIM. SOLD OUT!
Sun 03: Huw V Williams @ The Globe, Newcastle. 9:00pm. NFOJIM.

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

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Album review: Orlando le Fleming - Romantic Funk: The Unfamiliar

Orlando le Fleming (upright and electric bass); Philip Dizack (trumpet - all tracks except 6); Will Vinson (alto sax); Sean Wayland (keys/synths); Kush Abadey (drums - except tracks 3 & 5); Nate Wood (drums - tracks 3 & 5)

Remember the 70s?   Funk and fusion,  Jaco and Stanley Clarkesynths and electric bass to the fore, with the upright parked in the corner of the room?  Well,  this second outing for young bassist Orlando le Fleming’s Romantic Funk project, this time on the ever adventurous  Whirlwind Records seems to be his take on the heady days of Weather Report and RTFhis self-avowed homage to the “high-intensity fusion. As much as I enjoyed (and still enjoy) the classics of that era, I was wary of this album by aunfamiliar New York bass-led outfit, fearing the worst excesses of the ultimate blunt instrument! And trust me I know how to do blunt on the bass... 

I needn’t have worried - it turns out the leader is not some New York born throwback to funkadelia, but  a British, Royal Academy trained bassist, better known as a sophisticated exponent of the upright version of the instrument. Unbelievably, he also played county cricket in his teens!  Some awful jokes to be avoided here I’m sure... 


The flavour of le Fleming’s compositions, and the virtuoso playing, is very much at the sophisticateend of harmonand rhythm, think Weather Report rather than late era disco-polluted funk of the 1980s. That’s not to say it is without groove and excitement - they know how to turn on the power, especially when driven by the outstanding and fiery Nate Wood on kit. 

The album kicks off with a fat bass-led relaxed groove on I’ll Tell You What It Is Later joined eventually by a pensive alto and trumpet melody, with hints of mid-period Weather Report,  moving up to a smoky trumpet work out. The overall sound is a little glitzy to my ears, with synth filling out the palette, but plenty of interesting and precise interchanges.  The drum patterns and feel are undeniably contemporary, with none of the Latin tinges or flat out blasting of the 70s funksters. Waynes is in a similar vein, with an ever shifting,  intricate bass and drums part under cool and sinuous sax and trumpet 

The Myth of Progress follows a similar pattern of a catchy but detached melody over a repeated groove, with a relaxed and stylish bass solo to showcase le Fleming’s chops Struggle Session is anything but – more of a relaxed free form study.  FOMO Blues ups the tempo, with le Fleming being pushed hard by Nate Wood’s inventive and unusual beats, making a lively platform for a synth workout by the impressive Aussie Sean Wayland.  

More Melancholy dialthe tempo down, and the emotion up, with a strong tune carried by legato Shorter-esque sax lines and another lyrical bass solo The well named Mischievous tests out the meters under some cheeky synth and sax, before the stand out closer, The Inexpressibleapparently dedicated to lFleming’s family.  

This is a luxurious return to the style of le Fleming’s previous outputs like From Brooklyn with Love in 2010, and sees the leader reverting to upright bass. Maybe my ears just prefer the upright after all these years!  

Altogether,  a worthy  and engaging shot at thinking person’s funk, with strong compositions and stellar playing, and I’d see them play live like a shot.  But I wouldn’t swap this for my Weather Report vinylsand my personal feeling is that the music has moved on from funk, even when played and written as well as this.  

Chris K 

Release date September 18, recorded Jan 2020 NYC.  Buy CD, 12″ LP 180g Limited Edition Blue With White Splattered Vinyl, and digital at

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