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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'"

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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.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

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: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Album review: Wilma Baan - So Nice

Wilma Baan (vocals); Graham Harvey (piano.Fender/arranger); Dave Chamberlain (bass/guitar tks 1, 8); Josh Morrison (drums); Claire Martin (percussion) + Chris Traves (trombone tk 3)

Dutch singer Baan's debut album had me asking her (metaphorically speaking) where have you been hiding all my life? not realising that on Friday, July 8, 1983* we were actually in the same building together - well not exactly together - but maybe our paths did cross at that year's North Sea Jazz Festival in Den Haag as Wilma made her way to sing with the Jack Redler Rhythm Club and I to watch a concert by the Woody Herman Band! If I'd made a different choice I wouldn't have had to wait 37 years to hear her and my life would have been the better for it.

Wilma Baan's career had, for many years been a balancing act between nursing and singing - maybe the nursing side contributed to the tender way she approaches a ballad. Certainly this album reveals a singer who can carry a song better than most. The fact that Claire Martin, along with trombonist Chris Traves, who also solos on Close Enough For Love, not only co-produced the album but also helped out with the percussion side, speaks volumes.

A selection of choice standards, impeccably performed, great arrangements and sympathetic backing make this a classy album and whilst some may say that they have this one by Peggy, that one by Ella or this one by Frank and another one by Jon, take it from me these are no mere covers but interpretations that stand up in their own right.

Rarely has an album title been so appropriate - I'm gonna play it again - and again!

Lance

* It's not that I have a good memory - I still have the programme!

Release date May 14 - pre-order here. Lunchtime launch at the 606 on June 13.

So Nice; Social Call; Close Enough for Love; Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me; Better than Anything; The Folks Who Live on the Hill; Teach me Tonight; Day by Day; The End of a Love Affair; Where Do You Start?; I Didn't Know What Time it Was; Here's to Life.

1 comment :

Mr Chris Sanders said...

I was at the launch at the weekend...brilliant!

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