Total Pageviews

Bebop Spoken There

Donald Harrison: "Eddie [Henderson] can play the hardest music effortlessly; things people are afraid of he plays like it's nothing."- (DownBeat, January 2022)

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! --

Postage

13862 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 81 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Fri 28: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Bishop Middleham Village Hall, Ferryhill. 8:00pm. £10.00.
Fri 28: Le Café Parisien @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Big Wild Winter Party. Triple bill inc. Andy Lawrenson's Le Café Parisien.
Fri 28: Struggle Buggy @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blues band.CANCELLED!

Sat 29: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Life Drawing & Live Music. Enrol at: www.cobaltstudios.co.uk.
.Sat 29: Anarchy Brew Co. 10 Year Birthday Beer Bash @ Anarchy Brew Co, Benfield, Newcastle. £6.00. All day event. Line-up inc. Washboard Resonators (5:00-6:30pm). Tickets: www.ticketweb.uk.

Sun 30 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 30: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 30: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 30: Hot Club du Nord @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 31: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

February 2022

Wed 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 02: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 02: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 02: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 02: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 03: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 03: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ LIVE Concerts at Home. 1:15pm. A Newcastle University online only event.
Thu 03: John Williamson Trio @ Durham University (Music Dept.). 7:30pm. £5.00.
Thu 03: Chris Farlowe w Norman Beaker Band + Teresa Watson Band @ Newcastle Labour Club. 7:30pm. An evening of rhythm & blues.
Thu 03: Knats @ Daniel Farm Shop & Tea Rooms, Wylam. 8:15pm. £18.00. (inc. food from 7:00pm). A Wylam Winter Tales Festival event. SOLD OUT!
Thu 03: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 03: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Playback session @ Smitty's - John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman

Jalen N'Gonda (vocals); Alec Harper (tenor sax); Deschanel Gordon (piano); Ferg Ireland (bass); Will Cleasby (drums).

(Screenshot courtesy of Ken Drew)

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman - one of the great jazz vocal albums of all time. File it alongside your Sinatra's, Tormé's, Ella's and any other singer you care to name, it's up there with them and not as an also ran. No, that album is the tops.

This, as is the case with all Playback sessions, puts the reviewer and the listener in a predicament. How do you judge it? How do you compare?

The answer is that you don't. Instead, you look for the players to offer an alternative that is close enough to the original without being a pastiche which is how the guys worked it tonight.

N'Gonda has an amazing range capable of reaching up into the falsetto-sphere which I'd heard him exploit at previous gigs causing me to fear for his take on Johnny Hartman.

I needn't have worried, he was perfect. Close enough to get the feeling yet artistically distanced enough to be his own man.

The playlist followed the order of the album, opening with Irving Berlin's They Say it's Wonderful. This is my favourite Berlin song on the strength of just one word - and

They say that falling in love is grand, and... A lesser songwriter would have begun the next line with and but not old Irving he knew how to build the tension by hanging on to that seemingly inconsequential conjunction.

Dedicated to You followed by My One and Only Love and Lush Life kept the mood of the album intact. To give Jalen a chance to oil his vocal chords the band went to town on Coltrane's version of Body and Soul. Harper laying down the gauntlet for all tenor contenders. Good to hear Deschanel on piano. Since winning the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year he's now making his mark in the Jazz Premier League in which Smitty's, let's be honest, is doing way better than Arsenal in that other Premier League!

Jalen bounced back for another classic You Are Too Beautiful and finished up with Autumn Serenade.

Superb, and not forgetting Ferg and tonight's Will - both solid in support.

Lance

No comments :

Blog Archive