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'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.


13,248 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 667 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (May 16).

Coming soon ...

May 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen at The Holystone (Indoors!)
May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club. 8:30pm start.
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 02, 2021

KSRV: Luca Caruso, Dave Archer, Noah Stoneman - Feb. 2

Luca Caruso (drums); Dave Archer (guitar); Noah Stoneman (organ)

(Screenshots by Ken Drew)

An organ trio! Lead on McDuff, bring it on McGriff, get in the Groove Holmes, let's hear it for Jimmy Smith!

This was what I expected and I looked forward with wild anticipation at what I was about to receive!

It didn't quite work out like that and it wasn't until the final number, Jimmy Smith's Back at the Chicken Shack, that those expectations were realised. Don't get me wrong, it was all good stuff and tastefully played but not what I look for in an organ, guitar and drums set-up.

Jobim's Once I Loved; The Mountain and Strayhorn's Isfahan brought us up to the midway point and, whilst I wasn't yawning, nor was I having to suppress an urge to get up and dance.

From this point on things livened up and Lover Come Back to Me was a swinger - little did Sigmund Romberg know what, over the years, various generations of jazzers would do to the tune that he wrote for an operetta! Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise was another of his tunes that became a staple part of the jazz repertoire albeit not tonight.

Dual Highway, a bluesy opus inspired by Ben Webster and Johnny Hodges preceded My One and Only Love which was, without doubt, the most exquisite number of the evening. A feature for Archer he played it to perfection.

And so we eventually arrived Back at the Chicken Shack. This made everything fine and, upon reflection, it wasn't such a bad evening after all!

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