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Ethan Iverson: "Oscar Peterson famously said that Bud [Powell] played just too many wrong notes. He was really critical of Bud as a player, which I think is not right." - (DownBeat March 2021)

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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'"

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12,557 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 276 of them this year alone and, so far, 127 this month (Feb. 28).

Wednesday March 3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MILES WATSON

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

KSTV: Live stream - Feb. 17

Noah Stoneman (piano); Will Sach (bass); Will Cleasby (drums).

(Screenshots by Ken Drew)

What can I say that hasn't already been said? Smitty's has a pool of great musicians. Perm any three from n and you are guaranteed an enjoyable evening's jazz.

Tonight was no exception, the walls didn't come tumbling down and, I guess, the regulars wouldn't want it any other way - I certainly didn't - but it beat listening on the radio to Sunderland going to Wembley although, naturally, I'm glad they did!

A good choice of tunes, not all announced, and I hold my hand up and confess that I wrongly identified Wonderful! Wonderful! as I'm Lucky to be me! This was inexcusable as the Tubby Hayes' version of the latter tune is one of my all time faves so consider yourself lucky not to be me!

Other numbers included (trust me!): Up Against the Wall (Coltrane); Windows (Corea); Easy to Remember; Theme For Ernie (Coltrane); Pretty Ballad (Jarrett) and Just One of those Things.

One of the interesting things about tonight were Cleasby's drum solos. Unlike most drum solos he was actually playing with the tune in mind - Easy to Remember made him almost a horn player, the tune related sounds and rhythms he produced in his solo. Sach, incidentally, did good on that tune too. What am I saying? He did good on them all!

Kansas Smitty's is an institution and this is one institution I'd be happy to be committed to - back again tomorrow night.
Lance

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