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Bebop Spoken There

Jeremy Pelt: "I'm so much into melodies and into sound, and the presence of sound, that I don't necessarily want to try to play in between the cracks of a note." - (DownBeat November 2020)

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".

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12,000 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 1140 of them this year alone and, so far, 87 this month (Oct. 27).

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IT IS ADVISABLE TO CHECK IN ADVANCE WITH THE VENUE THAT THE GIG IS ON.

OCTOBER

THURSDAY 29

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Abbie Finn Trio - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity (upstairs). It’s Abbie’s birthday!

Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00-10:00pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish.

FRIDAY 30

Neil William & Ben Holland - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. Jazz standards from the 1920s & 30s.

SATURDAY 31

Alice Grace & Pawel Jedrzejewski - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. £10.00. Online booking (to book a table). Limited capacity. Alice & Pav join a multi-bill of entertainers (magician etc) to celebrate Prohibition Bar’s fifth anniversary. SOLD OUT!

Friday, October 09, 2020

Album review: Rick Simpson - Everything All of the Time: Kid A Revisited

Rick Simpson (piano); Tori Freestone (tenor sax/ violin - 1 tk.); James Allsopp (baritone sax); Dave Whitford (bass); Will Glaser (drums).

New territory for me. Although I'm familiar with the name - Radiohead - being a "Jazzhead" their music has somehow passed me by so there is little I can say about the original versions of the material. Probably not such a bad thing as it has enabled me to listen with a clear head without any preconceptions.

Simpson arranged the material and, as one might expect, the result is one that befits the pianist's standing.

Freestone and Allsopp have some saxual encounters that add to the excitement, particularly on Idioteque where it reaches a frenzied finale.

In between all the "goings on" Simpson slots in some reflective piano emphasising just what  a major, if perhaps slightly unsung, player he is on the UK scene.

In many ways this is a gem for those listeners who look to the, not too distant musical future - always assuming that music has a future and, if it has, that there are venues to play it in!

In the meantime, I'd best check out Radiohead and see if they measure up.

Lance

Available on Whirlwind Recordings from October 23. Pre-order.

Everything in its Right Place; Kid A; The National Anthem; How To Disappear Completely; Treefingers; Optimistic; In Limbo; Idioteque; Morning Bell; Motion Picture Soundtrack.

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