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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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13,359 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 777 of them this year alone and, so far, 51 this month (June 13).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punchbowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm).

Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). CANCELLED TFN.

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). CANCELLED TFN.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Alec Harper Quartet: Playback Sonny Rollins "The Bridge". Live stream from Kansas Smitty's - Dec. 16

Alec Harper (tenor sax); Will Arnold-Forster (guitar); Ferg Ireland (bass); Jas Kayser (drums)

(Screenshot/collage courtesy of Ken Drew)

Tonight's the real deal. Can't wait, this is going to be something - Sonny Rollins' The Bridge!

The actual Rollins' album kicks off with a rousing version of Without a Song followed by  a sumptuous take on Where Are You? Alec and co do likewise - they've read the script. Two out of two so far or should that be ten out of ten?

Nice solo from the obligatory Will on guitar, sympathetic drumming from Jas, Ferg solid as ever and Alec fast becoming my favourite tenor player.

John S (?) keeps things moving along before going into the title track inspired, as I'm sure everyone apart from some of the newer fellas know, by Rollins' nightly sojourn practicing under the Williamsburg Bridge in NYC. Imagine doing that at midnight under Newcastle's Tyne Bridge! Apart from the tenor solo Jas gives it big licks.

On God Bless the Child, Harper explores the possibilities of the tune defecting at times to a Getzian approach which is fine by me.

You do Something to me. Sonny, Jim Hall, Bob Cranshaw and Ben Riley must surely know their legacy is in good hands with these guys - Jas of course included - Lady Kay!

Lance

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