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Chick Corea: "Things feel good when there's a lot of music happening." - (DownBeat August 2005 (unpublished. Published posthumously April 2021 ).

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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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13,107 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 526 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (April 16).

Bar Manager Required

The Jazz Co-op are looking for an experienced bar manager who can be available to start when The Globe reopens in May.

Preference will be given to a suitably qualified person who lives relatively near to The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD.

Interested parties please follow this link.

Coming soon ...

April 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at The Holystone.

May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 2: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.
June 7: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Album review: Melody Gardot - Sunset in the Blue

Melody Gardot (vocal, guitar) + Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Antonio Zambujo (vocal on 1 track).

Melody Gardot has cropped up in many guises. With each album it seems as though she's wearing a different hat. On one infamous album - Live in Europe - she didn't  wear even a hat on the cover! It gave a new meaning to the term B-side when referring to an album.

However, no such frivolity here. Recorded at the Abbey Road Studios the techno wiz-kids managed to accommodate the socially distanced RPO in the historic studio. If they'd all arrived on foot by the famous zebra crossing it would have caused a traffic jam! Other musicians were zoomed in from wherever they were quarantined. No names are given but the trumpet on  If You Love Me sounds a bit like Chris Botti. There's also an unidentified tenor sax on You Won't Forget Me.

Most of the numbers are laid back, late night, songs of love lost and found and the aptly named Melody's sensuous interpretation sent shivers down my spine - the cover of Live in Europe had the same effect!

It's an album to get lost in, to immerse yourself in fanciful dreams. The two Latin numbers, sung in Portuguese, are brighter, offering a glimpse of sunshine amidst the pale inconstant moon.

Over the years, Ms Gardot may have strayed away from her early jazz roots but with Sunset in the Blue she's almost back in the fold. Maybe not quite jazz but much more than easy listening - I guess you could have said the same about Peggy Lee and Julie London!

Lance

PS: There's reputed to be a duet with Sting - Little Something - but it didn't show on my download!

If You Love Me (not the Edith Piaf song); C'est Magnifique (not the Cole Porter song); Love Song; You Won't Forget Me; Sunset in the Blue; Um Beijo; Ninguém, Ninguém; From Paris With Love; Ave Maria (not Schubert); Moon River; I Fall in Love Too Easily.

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