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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Holland: "Back then, one of my first gigs was with Wally Fawkes and Johnny Parker at the Crown and Anchor in Islington, playing music that went back to the days of King Oliver. And I've always enjoyed the joyousness of that music, and the sound of everybody fitting together beautifully, improvising together." - Jazzwise, August 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.

Postage

13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Album review: Bruce Brown - Death of Expertise.

Bruce Brown (vocals); Steve Crum (trumpet); Glen Berger (saxes and alto flute); John Harkins (piano); Steve Brien (guitar); Brendan Clarke (bass); Andrew Dickeson (drums).

Along with the I Like Isaac album reviewed the other day there was another gem from The Antipodes (New Zealand this time) in the package - this vocal masterpiece!

If you dig Dave Frishberg then hang around because Bruce Brown, born in LA, is now down under and NZ's answer to Frish. There's also a suggestion of Michael Franks, Bob Dorough maybe even Joe Mooney in Brown's relaxed, laid back performance.

All the songs are by Brown and the lyrics are so perceptive of today's society. Funny and yet cruelly true particularly in the title track Death of Expertise.  the gist of this one is that you can do anything yourself just read a couple of books or go online and you know it all - fly a plane, be a surgeon whatever e.g. I pulled my own teeth out/I replaced my own hips!

Apart from the lyrics, which are as sharp and as witty as the work of W.S. Gilbert, Larry Hart, Dave Frishberg, Tom Waits, combined, the tunes are classic GASbook material and the tracks are all peppered with cool, West Coast inspired solos.

This one jumped right in at the very last minute to rate as my number one male vocal album of the year!

Buy/Listen.

Lance

Death of Expertise; They're Everywhere; Find Three Things to be Grateful For; Love Makes us Who we Are; A Mind is a Terrible Thing; Back in the Day; Doreen; Love Always Wins; To Find Things Out; We Click; Losers Are People Too ; Giving up is Not an Option; We're Up We're Down; The Music Plays Again.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Thank you for an excellent review!

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