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Charles Lloyd: "I'm raring to go out to play, because I know I'll find something to explain the inexplicable." (DownBeat August 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! -- Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14454 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 732 of them this year alone and, so far, 30 this month (August 11).

From This Moment On ...

August

Sun 14: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 14: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ West Park, South Shields. 2:00pm.
Sun 14: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 14: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Sun 14: Sunday Night Am Jam Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Note start time.

Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 18: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 18: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 18: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. 7:00pm. Free (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Harry Keeble Duo + Northern Monkey Brass Band. £15.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Fri 19: Mo Scott @ The Millstone, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Scott w Gary Dunn, Neil Harland & Paul Smith.

Sat 20: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Riviera Effect + Alter Ego + Graham Hardy Quartet + Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie + Ivo Neame Quartet. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sat 20: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Monday, February 08, 2021

Album review: Allan Harris – Kates Soulfood*

It's debatable as to whether or not this  fine album should actually be reviewed on BSH as it is more soul music than jazz, though I'm no soul expert. This is Harris's fourteenth release as a leader and the ten original songs were written as both a history and a tribute to Harlem in NYC.

The title comes from Harris's Aunt Kate's well-loved luncheonette which was behind the Apollo Theater. The songs draw on our singer's childhood memories and the atmosphere of Harlem which gave music, literature, history and a sense of belonging to its residents. Harris has a pleasant baritone voice, he sings with feeling, and the songwriting is skilled. There are short jazz-like solos, mostly from piano, guitar and harmonica, and interesting lyrics, such as (Open Up) 'Love is the fruit of mankind, we must pick it from the vine' and (One More Notch, about a boy with a gun) 'we must live as one, put down your gun.'

The album opens with lively restaurant chat, then Harris sings about growing up in Harlem; Wash Away My Sins combines gospel with a love song; 99 Miles is about being on the road and also a love song; New Day is about making the most of each day. Feelgood themes. The track I liked best is very much of the moment, Run Through America, a driving rhythm and lyrics about the current situation of the black community in the USA and how it has to change, mentioning, for example,  George Floyd, ending with repeated choruses of 'run through America'

The album will be released on Friday of this week on the Love Productions label, and is available from the usual suspects.

Ann Alex  

* The title spells Kates without an apostrophe. The blurb includes  an apostrophe!

Try/buy.

Allan Harris (voice, guitars); Shirazette Tinnin (drums); Nimrod Speaks (bass); Arcoiris Sandoval (piano); Gregoire Maret (harmonica); David Castaneda (percussion); Curtis Taylor (trumpet); Alex Budman (alto sax); Keith Fiddmont (tenor sax); Ondre J Pivec (organ); + Tonga Ross-Mau (guitar track 6); + Marty Kenney (bass) Jhair Sala (perc); Carolyn Leonhart (Background vox) all on final track

I Grew Up (Kate's Place); One More Notch (Put down your Gun); Wash Away My Sins; Open Up; Shallow Man; Color Of A Woman Is Blu; 99 Miles; Autumn Has Found You; New Day; Run Through America

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