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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.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Album review: Tommy Flanagan - In His Own Sweet Time

Tommy Flanagan (piano).

By 1994 Tommy Flanagan had played and recorded with just about anyone who was anyone in jazz. Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Ben Webster, Harry Edison - a seemingly endless list. And yet, incredible as it may seem, until that October day 26 years ago he'd never given a solo concert. It took a lot of persuasion, with his wife and manager Diana at the negotiating table, to get him to agree to appear at the small Bavarian town of Neuberg on the Danube but, eventually, he gave in although his post concert reaction was in direct contrast to what was heard by the audience.

"It was horrible, I will never do something like this again," he said afterwards adding that he thought the audience were just being sympathetic and generous with their applause and, as a result, the recording lay gathering dust in the record company's vaults until now, almost 20 years after his death.

After listening, I find it incredible that he could sell himself so short. Flanagan doesn't deliver a Peterson or a Garner style blockbuster. You don't gasp in awe at his technique. Instead you appreciate the depth of his harmonies, his reconstruction of the melody, the sheer beauty, the magic that flows from his heart, his head and his hands via the  Bösendorfer Grand. If he was effected by nerves that night, and by his comments he must have been a bundle of them, they certainly don't show.

It's over 50 years since I last heard Tommy Flanagan with Ella and JATP. It's been a long time but this solo album was well worth waiting for.

There's a YouTube video of him being interviewed by Billy Taylor in which he gives a beautiful rendition of Tadd Dameron's Smooth as the Wind which is also the opening tune on the album.

Lance

Available on the ENJA label from Feb. 21.

Smooth as the Wind; If You Could See me Now; Untired Blues; Some Other Spring; How Long Has This Been Going On?; Who Can I Turn To?; Just Squeeze me; Day Dream; Valse Hot; Good Bye*.

* Spelling as per sleeve/booklet. Note: Some sites list an additional track - Dance of the Infidels but it's not on my copy!

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