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Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 2023)

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!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

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.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Album review: Seth MacFarlane - Great Songs of Stage and Screen

Seth MacFarlane (vocals); Chuck Berghofer (bass), Peter Erskine (drums), Larry Koonse (guitar), Dan Higgins (alto sax) and Tom Ranier (piano) + members of the John Wilson Orchestra.

MacFarlane's sixth album, an enjoyable collection of tender ballads and uptempo tunes, is well worth checking out by those who like a good song well executed. 

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, the singer/actor deftly weaves songs of theatrical and filmic origins into a collection that harkens back to Hollywood’s Golden Age. 

Despite the presence of the big hitters listed above it's not quite a jazz album, more a superior example of quality popular singing. If you think of Sinatra and Bennett at one end of the spectrum and, say, Andy Williams and Jack Jones at the other then MacFarlane lies somewhere in the middle although on my favourite track - Ain't Got a Dime to my Name (Ho Ho Ho Ho Hum) - the  influence is Bing which isn't surprising as Crosby sang it in a film way back in 1941 (Road to Morocco).

The jazz comes from the splendid big band arrangements by Bruce Broughton and the occasional contribution from Larry Koonse - always a good man to have around on a vocal session.

The album's true strength, for me, lies in the material which, if not totally obscure has, by and large, not been flogged to death like some standards I could mention but won't out of respect for the Gershwins, Julie London, Judy Garland and Peggy Lee.

Available in various formats from various sources in various places.

Class...

Lance 

Once Upon a Dream; I Loved you Once in Silence; Let's be Sensible; Ten Minutes Ago; Ain't Got a Dime to my Name (Ho Ho Ho Ho Hum); Love is Only Love; What Did I Have Then That I Don't Have Now?; Come Out, Come Out Wherever you Are; Two For the Road; All er Nothin'; You'd be so Nice to Come Home To; Mind if I Make Love to You?; Time for Parting.

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