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Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 2023)

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!

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

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event. SOLD OUT!

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Friday, January 22, 2021

The Summertime of my discontent

Despite what my friends and foes may think - I love George and Ira Gershwin's Summertime even though it may seem otherwise. My problem isn't with the song but the singers who have mauled it incessantly over the years. It's a song from a folk opera - Porgy and Bess - and is best heard in that context. I know there are many show tunes that have a life outside of their Broadway beginnings but I don't think Summertime is one of them. Instrumentally yes, vocally no.

Too much imagery in the lyric - Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high. Most show songs have themes that can be related to anywhere like falling in love and falling out of love. We've experienced that a lot more than we have witnessed  jumping fish and high cotton. 

The point I'm trying to make is that, great as the song is, it's one of those any port in a storm what shall I sing next numbers? This is a shame when the GASbook is overflowing with relatively untapped alternative wealth.

In case you're wondering what brought this on, Steve T, who, as a key worker, has been absent from BSH for a while sent me this 1969 version by The Ohio Players which, while I may not hurry on down the virtual street to buy the album from those helpful salespersons at Amazon.com it does offer an interesting alternative. The solos are good.

Lance

1 comment :

Steve T said...

The Ohio Players - not Sly and the Family Stone or George Clinton's Parliafunkadelicment Thang - are the quintessential funk band. But before all that, they recorded this very different album which I'd never come across or sought after, until John Lias - in his essential History of the Soul LP - said it's really rather good. It isn't, with this the standout track.
My favourite version of Summertime is the one by Miles and Gil Evans and I agree it works best with the tracks preceding it, though less so than 'Aint Necessarily So' on the other side (vinyls/cassette).
It's one of the highlights of the extraordinary Miles and Quincy at Montreux DVD/CD, recorded after the death of Gil and shortly before the death of Miles. Miles - who'd obviously been shopping with Prince again - was never one to look back and had never done this stuff in over thirty years, illustrating the high regard he held the great orchestrater in.
I was surprised that Girl from Ipanema is officially the second most covered record ever, behind Yesterday, thinking it would be Summertime or something else by the fabricated four, and no doubt it and Eleanor Rigby are there or thereabouts.
Back in olden times, when they had things like gigs and jam sessions, All the Things You Are was always the one that got on my wick.

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