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Bebop Spoken There

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Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

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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!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Thu 25: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Garry Hadfield (keys); Noel Dennis (tpt); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).
Thu 25: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

KSTV: NCW plays Bright Size Life - Jan. 16

Nick Costley-White (guitar); Ferg Ireland (bass); Will Cleasby (drums) + Ivo Neame (piano)

(Screenshots by Ken Drew)

In December 1975 a twenty one year old guitarist recorded a debut album. Early 1976 Bright Size Life was released on Manfred Eicher's ECM label. The guitarist was Pat Metheny, the rest is history. Helping the American wonderkind make history that day some forty five years ago was one Jaco Pastorius, bass guitar icon, and drummer Bob Moses. Here at Kansas Smitty's 2021, Nick Costley-White took up the challenge of playing the album. 

Assisting NCW in his endeavours were Kansas Smitty's own bass maestro, Ferg Ireland, and drummer Will Cleasby, plus, on a couple of tracks, a special guest. Costley-White certainly captured Metheny's ethereal sound. One assumes NCW is a fan of PM!  

The title track - Bright Size Life - opened this evening's live stream (it's the opening track on the album). The trio played a further three numbers before NCW invited Ivo Neame to join him. 

The addition of pianist Neame injected a degree of urgency on Sirabhorn and Missouri Uncompromised with five-string electric Ireland and in-the-pocket Cleasby in cruise mode. The latter number swung as first NCW stretched out with Neame following up with what looked like being a set-stealing solo, only for Cleasby to come clattering in to remind us he's numero uno in these here parts.

And to close, the lyrical Omaha Celebration. If you're a Pat Metheny fan you'll want to check out this set - see Kansas Smitty's Facebook page.  
Russell
 
Set list:           
Bright Size LifeUnity VillageMidwestern Nights DreamUnquity RoadSirabhornMissouri UncompromisedOmaha Celebration.

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