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Bebop Spoken There

George "Big Nick" Nicholas: "This band [George Adams-Don Pullen Quartet] is a bitch on roller skates, baby. They'll run you over if you ain't ready" (JazzTimes April, 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! --

Postage

14264 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 83 this month (May 26).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Whitley Bay Carnival: Northern Monkey Brass Band (1:00-1:45pm & 4:00-4:45pm); Baghdaddies (2:00-2:45pm & 5:00-5:45pm) @ Spanish City Plaza Arena, Whitley Bay. Northern Monkey Brass Band (2:30-2:45pm) @ Rainbow Corner (Marine Ave.), Whitley Bay.
Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 29 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Hartlepool United Supporters’ Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Groovetrain @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 29: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Allendale Village Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sun 29: Two of a Mind: Sue Ferris-Steve Summers Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 29: Jam session @ Fabio's Bar, Durham. 8:00pm. A Durham Uni Jazz Soc event. All welcome.
Sun 29: Cedric Burnside @ Cluny, Newcastle. Superb Mississippi hill country blues!

Mon 30: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

June

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Album review: Mark Winkler and David Benoit - Old Friends

Mark Winkler (vocals); David Benoit (piano/arranger); Gabe Davis (bass); Pat Kelley (guitar); Clayton Cameron (drums); Kevin Winard (perc.); Stefanie Fife (cello).

Mark Winkler features frequently on BSH, several of his previous 16 (or thereabouts) albums have been reviewed, invariably, and deservedly so, enthusiastically. 

He's one of those singers who rarely figure in the DownBeat polls but who, nevertheless, exude a sense of class some of the young guns have yet to achieve. On top of that, he's a fine songwriter whose lyrics have been covered many times by many great vocalists including Claire Martin. Indeed on the old Al Jarreau "list song", Better Than Anything, he includes Claire Martin singing along with Bill Evans' ballads and Joe Williams' blues.

With his old friend David Benoit on piano and some stellar support the whole project came about through the pandemic. Benoit had had a tour cancelled and, with his wife unable to leave Japan, the pair got together to sing and play a few songs. With Winkler socially distanced at the far end of Benoit's 9-foot grand they ran through some of their favourites and, eventually the outline of the album took shape Winkler commenting that you can actually sing through a mask!

Three of the songs are joint collaborations between the two principles: Dragonfly; In a Quiet Place and Thirty Years. There's also a song composed by Bob Dorough (I've Got Just About Everything) as well as one by Dave Frishberg (Sweet Kentucky Ham). The inclusion of songs by those two hippest of the hip guys serves as a good guide to the whereabouts of Winkler's centre of gravity.

This is what singing and communicating with each other (and, of course the listeners) is all about,  Well worth checking out.

It hits the virtual street on Friday (Feb. 19).
Lance

I've Got Just About Everything; Sweet Kentucky Ham; Better Than Anything; The Shadow of Your Smile; Two for the Road; Old Friends/ Bookends; When This Love Affair is Over; I Think It's Going to Rain Today; In a Quiet Place; I Wish I'd Met You; Dragonfly; Thirty Years; Some Other Time.

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