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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! --

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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm. CANCELLED!
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!.

Tue 25: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public). .
Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

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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