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Bebop Spoken There

Raymond Chandler: “ I was walking the floor and listening to Khatchaturian working in a tractor factory. He called it a violin concerto. I called it a loose fan belt and the hell with it ". The Long Goodbye, Penguin 1959.

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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...

April

Sat 13: Giles Strong Quartet @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00-9:00pm. £10.00.
Sat 13: Phantom Bagman + Forgetmenots @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:30pm.£5.00. + bf. Upstairs.
Sat 13: Rockin’ Turner Brothers @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Downstairs.

Sun 14: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Alan Law, Jude Murphy & Tim Johnston @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 14: JazzMain @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 15: Dave Newton @ Yamaha Music School, Seaforth St., Blyth NE24 1AY. 1:00 - 1:45pm. £8.00. + bf. Newton, solo piano.
Mon 15: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 15: Hideout @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.50 + £1.33 bf. Feat. Sleep Suppressor + Flat Moon.
Mon 15: Russ Morgan Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00.

Tue 16: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Bradley Johnston, Paul Grainger, Bailey Rudd.

Wed 17: Bailey Rudd (Minor Recital) @ The Music Studios, Haymarket Lane, Newcastle University. 11:40am. Bailey Rudd (drums). Open to the public.
Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ The Gala, Durham. 7:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 18: NONUNONU @ Elder Beer Café, Chillingham Road, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 18: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. + bf. Support act TBC.
Thu 18: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band night with Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Donna Hewitt (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 19: Cia Tomasso @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. ‘Cia Tomasso sings Billie Holiday’. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Levitation Orchestra + Nauta @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £11.00.
Fri 19: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Binker Golding: Livestreamed from Kings Place, EFG London Jazz Festival – Nov. 21

(Review/screenshots by Amy Sibley-Allen)

Tenor saxophonist - composer Binker Golding, of Mobo award-winning duo Binker & Moses, brings together bassist Olie Brice (the original advertised line up included bassist John Edwards) and drummer Steve Noble, for just under an hour of astonishing non-stop wild and free jazz improvisation at Kings Place. 

Besides Golding’s success with Moses Boyd he has collaborated with the likes of Zara McFarlane and Ashley Henry. Following the 2018 release of Ex Nihlo, his experimental project with the brilliant composer and pianist Elliot Galvin, he released his own album, Abstractions of Reality Past and Incredible Feathers, to critical acclaim. The album was nominated for Best Jazz Album at the 2020 Jazz FM awards, and whilst he didn’t win that accolade Golding did take home Jazz FM Instrumentalist of the Year.

We were warned that we should ‘expect the unexpected’ by music journalist, broadcaster and DJ Tina Edwards as she introduced the gig - she was not wrong. The pure energy of the trio is impressive and communication throughout the set both empathetic and confident. Golding radiates a level of calm yet simultaneously channels a fierce energy and his saxophone playing is incredible - both technically and in terms of depth of feeling.

The sonic journey traversed a variety of textures and tempos. Playing both tenor and soprano sax Golding’s playing is delicate and nuanced at points, before his intense, funky, heavy vibe prevails. At times the sound is distorted and other worldly, an underwater conversation reminiscent of whale sounds, but then it thrusts us among what could be a loud squawking flock of birds. Golding rocks back and forth as he plays conjuring the feeling the world is ending; the noise of TV interference but on a global scale - think all technology malfunctioning at once.

Noble’s drumming and percussive techniques are detailed and flawless, as one would expect, employing shakers, tea towels and even a whistle at one stage. Brice’s fine bass playing utilises pizzicato and arco technique, producing driving rhythms or abstract discordant and eerie sounds. Overall there are some beautiful interactions and moments between the trio and in the era of live streams these can be watched over and over again for a whole week.

Golding delivers a heartfelt thanks and goodbye to ‘all the lovely people’ at home with the fitting message to ‘take care of yourselves and each other’ before channelling the iconic Mork’s goodbye - ‘Nanu, Nanu’ Binker.

Amy

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