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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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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.

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).

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Alec Harper live streaming from Kansas Smitty's - Dec. 9

Alec Harper (tenor sax); Noah Stoneman (organ); Dave Archer (guitar); Luca Caruso (drums).

Another night in, another night watching a live stream from Kansas Smitty's studio.

Not quite the same as advertised but in many ways an equally enjoyable experience. I wasn't familiar with Noah Stoneman but his organ grinding fitted perfectly into the hard bop Blue Note setting along with Harper, Archer and the great Caruso. This is the fine thing about Smitty's they can perm just about any combination of musicians from their seemingly bottomless pool and come up with the goods.

A Grant Green number - Jean de Fleur - got things rolling and, not surprisingly, Dave Archer was well featured. One of the great standards followed - Give me the Simple Life. It's a number that hasn't been done to death in the jazz world which made it such a breath of fresh air. Harper's solo brought Sonny Rollins to mind.

Brazil was described as Afro-Cuban which may have been poetic liberty geographically speaking  but it had that driving Latino beat which I guess is, in many eyes and ears, more or less indigenous to most places south of Acapulco.

A few Joe Henderson tunes kept the Blue Note flag flying as did Horace Silver's Sister Sadie.

Another BN classic album provided the finale - If from Larry Young's Unity.

With live streams like this and many others from around the globe (and The Globe) I could end up as an armchair jazz person!

Lance

1 comment :

Russell said...

Lance, you're the last person on Planet Jazz who'll settle for an armchair view. I'll see you at the next audience-admitted gig!

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