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Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

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15080 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 99 of them this year alone and, so far, 99 this month (Jan. 30).

From This Moment On ...

January

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: TBA @ Prohibiton Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Album review: Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell - How to Turn the Moon

Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell  (pianos)

“I’ve always kept in mind that it’s not so much the instruments that make the music – It’s the people in the room."   A  quote from Angelica Sanchez on the liner notes to this album.  

This I feel perfectly encapsulates the art of improvisation the understanding and empathy between the players transforms the music into something special. This double piano offering proves the point as the interplay between the protagonists creates a marvellous offering of subtle, fascinating and engaging improvised free jazz. 


Crispell is a generation ahead of Sanchez and has played with such luminaries on the improvised scene as Anthony Braxton, Gary Peacock and Paul Motian. Sanchez meanwhile has played with the likes of Wadada Leo Smith and Michael Fromanek.


Of the ten compositions 7 are by Sanchez and the remaining 3 jointly written.


A couple a years ago  I visited the museum of MIT where they had a fascinating exhibition of Ramon y Cajal’s beautiful drawings of the optic lobe of a fly which resemble trees and roots. These drawings are an inspiration for the album. The opening track - The Lobe of the Fly  begins with both pianists playing in a scale-like manner before exploding into an exhilarating tour de force. Ancient Dream sees Sanchez strumming the piano strings as Crispell, adds a percussive effect giving the piece a fairly sombre minimalist feel. 


The highlight of the CD for me is  the longest piece  Ceiba Poral where  Sanchez and Crispell appear to run rings round each other at a fair old lick before it settles down with a calming melodic ending. I was quite taken with how the actual music evokes their titles. Space Junk gives the feeling of being in outer space, whilst Sullivan’s Universe has a quite dreamy feel to it. Rain in the Web is one of the joint compositions and  is the most lively piece a formidable heavy start grows into an exciting whirlwind. The album concludes with the evocative Fire in Space which begins urgently with a recurring theme jointly played before calmly drawing to a close.


A really great album in fact the more I listen to it the better it gets - another great collaboration of musicianship and friendship. 

Steve H.

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