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Bebop Spoken There

Greg Abate: "So many sounds are ugly now. There are no harmonics, no chords. What do people hear these days? Why do things have to change from that good music?" (JazzTimes June/July 2022)

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'"

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! -- Holly Cooper:"Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Friday, March 19, 2021

KSTV: Playback session - Xhosa Cole Trio play "Lester Young Trio". March 19

Xhosa Cole (tenor sax); Joe Webb (piano); Jason Brown (drums)

A gem - as most of these playback sessions are. If you're going to playback something make sure it's worth playing back and, if it is, make sure you've got the musicians who can do it.

Tonight ticked both boxes.

Lester Young, Nat Cole (his "title" was rarely used in jazz circles) and Buddy Rich recorded eight tracks for Norman Granz over a couple of sessions in 1951 and 1953. They stood the test of time but, how would today's young Turks cope with music recorded before their fathers - their grandfathers maybe - were born?

That's the beauty of music and jazz in particular that, other than the tunnelled visioned few, it is timeless. Tonight's guys didn't "fill their boots" at the prospect of the task in front of them but stood in the boots of their predecessors with pride and paid tribute without fawning simulation.


In a world that is seeing so many hot shot tenor players,  Xhosa Cole stands tall. He can be Coltrane one night, Rollins the next and, tonight, Lester. As if that wasn't enough he does it without losing his own identity - amazing for one so young (no pun intended). Anyone who doubts the value of the BBC Young Jazz Awards need only look at those who have appeared on KSTV! Will Alexander Bone show up on one of these fine evenings?

Likewise, Joe Webb  can move from Jelly Roll, to Fats, to Tatum, to Erroll, to Oscar, to Keith - you name it. Jason Brown had the easy bit - he just had to play like Buddy Rich!

Lester was perhaps the first jazz musician to say he liked to know the words of a song he's playing so, not surprisingly, apart from the opening blues, Back to the Land, all tonight's numbers had nice easy lyrics: Peg O' My Heart; I Want to be Happy; I Cover the Waterfront (superb coda/cadenza from Xhosa); Rosetta; I Found a New Baby (big drum bash); Mean to Me; Sweet LorraineThe Man I Love
(Collage by Ken Drew)

Stone-Lonergan last night, Xhosa tonight and, tomorrow, I'm going AWOL to catch Mornington at The '606' - it's enough to make me start practising again!

Lance

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