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Charlotte Keefe: "I don't know what I'm going to play any more than you [the audience] do." - (Jazz North East/Jazz Co-op gig June 13, 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

13,359 (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).

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

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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