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Bebop Spoken There

Jeff Coffin: "I'm trying to find a creative way of being creative." - (DownBeat June 2021)

Archive quotes.

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

13,348 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 766 of them this year alone and, so far, 40 this month (June 11).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Fri 11: Faye Aspinall @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Solo, ‘postmodern jazz singer’.

Sat 12: Tribute to Gerry Hughes (Tees Hot Club) @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 12 noon (jazz 2:00-3:30pm). £5.00. Outdoor event. Details from 01642 823813.

Sun 13: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 13: Sunday Jazz @ The Radio Rooms, Berwick (2:00pm).

Sun 13: Charlotte Keeffe Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. (8:00pm). £10:00. Advance booking essential at: www.jazz.coop.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Jason Moran: James Reese Europe - The Harlem Hellfighters: The Absence of Ruin.

(Screenshots by Ken Drew)

An emotional meditation by Jason Moran on James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters. The black American army unit attached to the French army in WWI. The band credited with introducing jazz to France and, ultimately beyond.

Moran cleverly integrated songs associated with the band and compositions of his own. The pianist made it work brilliantly not least with his own stride cum ragtime cum Cecil Taylor type playing. It was an eyeopener,

Despite the fact that most of the songs were over 100 years old - they had to be as Europe was murdered by one of his own band members in 1919 - the solos were very much of today and occasionally tomorrow.

There were moments of great solemnity particularly on the funereal Flee as a Bird and there was also much joyousness on dance numbers such as Ballin' the Jack; Russian Rag; Darktown Strutters' Ball - Moran left the piano to blow slide whistle on that one - That Moaning Trombone; Memphis Blues and a killer St. Louis Blues that had the two saxes wailing like they had the enemy in their sights. Hesitating Blues featured some incredible trumpet effects and the one-stepping finished with Castle House Rag.

The breathless hour ended as it begun, gently fading amid black and white film of the troops return to America and harsh reality.

Moran spoke eloquently at both the start and the end.

It was quite an experience.

The concert took place at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in 2018 and was part sponsored by Serious.

It can be watched here until Feb. 28.
Lance

Jason Moran (piano/slide whistle); Daryl Harper (clarinet); Immanuel Wilkins (alto sax); Brian Settles (tenor sax); David Adewumi (trumpet); Chris Bates (trombone); Reginald Cyntje (bass trombone/tuba); Jose Davila (tuba); Tarus Mateen (bass); Nasheet Waits (drums).

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