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Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 2023)

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, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Ross Stanley @ Ronnie's livestreaming a tribute to Michael Brecker w. Time is of the Essence - March 22

(Screenshot by Lance)
Ross Stanley (Hammond); Paul Booth (tenor sax); Chris Allard (guitar); Andrew  Bain (drums).

I doubt if I will ever hear so much fantastic tenor playing again in my life as I've heard over the past week. Riley Stone-Lonergan, Xhosa Cole, Mornington Lockett, Alec Harper and  Will Howard who, last night at the Globe, did enough to suggest that the others may soon be looking over their shoulders.

(screenshot by Lance)
One tenor player who isn't looking over his shoulder is Paul Booth. In tonight's tribute to the late Michael Brecker he absolutely smashed it! This lifted him up to the level of Brecker himself. If we lived in a Doc Who world it could have been Michael paying tribute to Paul!

To put it simply, I've never heard him play better. The solos were logical, the extremes were the norm. This is the level for any aspiring sax player to aim for and, even if you only get half-way there you're still going to be better than most.

(Screenshot by Lance)
Another who set down a bench mark was Stanley - I've never heard him sounding so good. 

Allard and Bain? Brecker would have booked them - need I say more?!

The material was drawn from Brecker's album, Time is of the Essence and each track was accorded spiritual acknowledgment whilst, at the same time, without loss of individuality.

(Collage by Ken Drew)
One of the SCP (side column pundits) remarked that this was the best lockdown livestream from Ronnie's yet and, although I haven't seen all of them, I'd be hard pushed to disagree!

Here's what I heard: Arc of the Pendulum; Sound Off; Half Past Late; Timeline (!!!!!*); The Morning of the Night (sensuous ballad playing); Renaissance (Paul took no prisoners on this one!); Doctor Slate; As I Am (a mournful ballad with a hint - only a hint - of Mingus and Goodbye Pork Pie Hat); Outrance (drum intro, wild, wild solos then, just before I left  to lie down in a darkened room to recover from this musical milestone, Stanley announced a recently discovered track ...) 

Lunations. Maybe it should have been hallucinations as, by this time I was as high as kite and I'd only had two glasses of wine!

This is one band that has to record an album, get out on the road and spread the gospel according to St. Michael and I mean MB not M&S!

Lance

* !!!! = Fantastic!

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