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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.
Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST! --

Postage

14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

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: 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.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Album review: Dean Stockdale Trio - Promise the Moon

Dean Stockdale (piano); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Abbie Finn (drums)

In recent (pre-pandemic) times Dean Stockdale has been working from his County Durham base with frequent engagements across the Pennines in the Greater Manchester area. The pianist's new trio album, Promise the Moon, features bassist Mick Shoulder and drummer Abbie Finn, themselves resident in the Land of the Prince Bishops. This self-released recording, comprising four of Stockdale's compositions and five standards, is one of first class musicianship and choice material.   

The first of nine tracks, a delightful take on Henry Mancini's Moon River, cleverly references Stockdale's recording of Charles Mingus' Nostalgia in Times Square (the opening track on the pianist's Origin album from 2017).  Listening to this 2020 CD, review notes consistently read: 'elegant', 'swinging' and 'tasteful'. Indeed, the album's foundation is built upon Stockdale's innate sense of elegant swing, a quality shared by Mick Shoulder and Abbie Finn.  

It would appear Stockdale takes great care with a composition's intro, perhaps thinking about it for some time, reworking and refining ideas until he is ready to take it into the recording studio. The album's title track, Promise the Moon, illustrates the trio's subtle, swinging sensibilities, the contribution of Shoulder and Finn wholly empathetic to the composer's musical vision. Mia's Lullaby follows, and, by accident or design, the placement of the two numbers, one after the other, works well.  

The trio's swinging take on Gershwin's They Can't Take That Away from Me and again on an effective arrangement of On the Sunny Side of the Street are particular highlights, and the closing selection, Witchcraft, with its fleeting echoes of Moon River, make Promise the Moon a fine album. To purchase a copy, visit: www.deanstockdalemusic.com or Bandcamp.                                 

Promise the Moon was recorded at Simpson Street Studios near Rothbury, Northumberland in November 2020. Ian Stephenson recorded, mixed and mastered the album, hats off to Mr S for making such a good job of it. The marvellous cover art is by none other than Mr Dean Stockdale. 
Russell

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