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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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13,381 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 799 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (June 20).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event. POSTPONED!

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Sat 26: Tyne Valley Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham (3:45pm).

Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 27: Noel Dennis Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. Advance booking essential: . A Jazz Co-op-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Tue 29: Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Peterlee (1:00pm). Tickets £6.00. + bf from: www.ticketsource.co.uk

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Retro album review: Alan Clare Trio - Jazz Around the Clock & The Alan Clare Trio w. Bob Burns

Alan Clare (piano); Kenny Napper (bass); Eddie Taylor/Bobby Kevin (drums) + Don Rendell (tenor sax); Ray Premru (bass trumpet); Bob Efford (tenor sax); Bob Burns (alto sax) - 1 track each.

Jazz Around the Clock features Alan Clare - surely one of the all-time British piano greats - in trio format as well as with the above guests, It's an absolute gem. How long it's been lying dormant among my CDs  I don't know but, as it was released in 2005, I guess for at least 10 years. How could I have been so negligent? I certainly intend to make up for it.

Alan Clare (piano); Lenny Bush (bass); Tony Kinsey (drums); Bob Burns (bass clarinet).

The Alan Clare Trio with Bob Burns, like JATC, originally came out on vinyl and once again demonstrates the piano mastery of Alan Clare this time with Bob Burns blowing bass clarinet. 

The CD is rounded off with 3 tracks from a concert at the Royal Festival Hall with Clare and Bush joined by Ike Isaacs on guitar and Allan Ganley on drums. All 19 tracks are from 1956/57.

Beautiful is the only word to describe the music and the musicians.

Why, you may wonder, did I choose to play it after all these years?

Good question. Well last night, being the end of BST, I dutifully put the clocks back and decided this would be an album of sufficient soporific content to gracefully send me off into the Land of Nod. 

Wrong! 

I couldn't sleep, I was enjoying the music so much it made me even more awake. Still, I had that extra hour to make up for it didn't I?

Wrong!

I had omitted to mention it to Daphne, my cat, who came bounding in and insisted I get out of bed. Hell hath no fury like a hungry cat scorned so I upped and fed her, sent her out for her matutinal  constitutional and listened to Alan Clare once more.

An album well worth losing your sleep for. 

Originally issued on Vocalion there are still copies about and, with a bit of vinyl detecting you may well come across the original LPs.

Lance

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