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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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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'"

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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

Friday, February 12, 2021

KSTV: The Music of Gene Austin - Feb. 12

Jalen N'Gonda (vocal); Will Barry (piano); Dave Archer (guitar); Will Sach (bass).

(Screenshots by Ken Drew)

Gene Austin may seem an usual choice for a jazz stream, he wasn't a jazz singer by the most elastic use of the term although he did hang out with them and recorded with Fats Waller. Nevertheless, many of the songs associated with him later found their way into the jazz repertoire picking up a few gold discs for Austin along the way.

Jalen N'Gonda may not as of yet been awarded any gold discs but he most certainly is a jazz singer with a voice that's quite unique.

The programme kicked off with Jalen singing After You've Gone - it was fast, faster than Austin, Gene and almost as fast as a souped up Austin Mini Cooper! He needed a rest after that workout so the trio gave us She's Funny That Way  and When Your Lover Has Gone. Nice relaxed playing.

Jalen returned for You're Driving me Crazy followed by an ultra-sensitive version of Bye Bye Blackbird which, going by the sidebar comments on YouTube, was the killer. Blackbird was taken at around about the tempo that Miles used to favour whilst Lonesome Road was at Muggsy Spanier speed.

The evening was drawing to a close but not before we heard Gene Austin Blues and One Sweet Letter From You.

A good day at the office for trio and singer.
Lance

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