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Jennifer Wharton: "People forget that the trombone is so glorious. It can be like going to church, or getting ready for battle. It can be a lot of things....For a longtime I was the only female trombonist in New York," - (DownBeat May 2021)

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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.

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13,218 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 637 of them this year alone and, so far, 45 this month (May 11).

Coming soon ...



May 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen at The Holystone (Indoors!)
May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 21: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club. (Revised date).
June 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club. (Revised date).

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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