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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!

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

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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 15, 2021

Ten Charlie Parker Moments by Dave Brownlow

1945 Now’s The Time: Bird’s first record session as a leader which also produced the groundbreaking Koko. Many of the jazz fraternity of a certain age can still sing or whistle (or even play) Charlie’s blues solo from memory. A defining moment in modern jazz.

1946  Lover Man: A harrowing, disturbing listen. A disc which Charlie said should never be released, recorded just before his mental and physical breakdown. The halting, eerie, haunting track has a stark beauty where Bird is guided through the tune by trumpeter Howard McGhee and Jimmy Bunn at the piano.

1949 Segment: The day before flying out to Europe for the Paris Jazz Festival, Bird recorded a not-well-known session with Kenny Dorham, Al Haig, Tommy Potter and Max Roach. He’s on great form, ideas bursting out with originality, excitement, anticipation and verve. A tricky composition not played again on any known ‘on-location’ session.

1950 Ornithology: Truly a never-before-or-since aggregation - a super group from the bop era. Bird, Fats Navarro, Bud Powell, Curly Russell and Art Blakey. What a contest – probably won by Bud on the night…

1952 Turnstile/Rocker: Ever trying new ideas, Charlie was enthusiastic about Gerry Mulligan’s compositions. He played both these pieces on a free-wheeling session at the Rockland Palace where he used both his bands - the Quintet and the Strings - to great effect. Gerry also penned the Strings Theme - a delightful jazz waltz Bird used at the beginning and end of most ‘With Strings’ sets.

1953 I Can’t Get Started: Accompanied beautifully by Kenny Clarke, Ray Brown and John Lewis, this is a gentle, pensive, beguiling, pleading Bird performance where it sounds as though he was trying to communicate with Chan Richardson - his partner at the time - with whom he had a turbulent relationship. An absolutely inspiring bass line from Ray propels the piece at just the right tempo.  

1953 Perdido:  From the famous Massey Hall concert with Diz, Bud, Max and Mingus. First time I heard this aged 17 I was hooked and still am! Such tone - even with the plastic alto - such authority, such command of the situation. Bud’s supportive comping, Max’s swing, Diz’s clowning and Mingus’s strong rhythmical drive complete the picture.

1953 I Remember You:  This comes from a blistering quartet session with Al Haig, Max, and Percy Heath on bass. A majestic solo follows the piercing theme showing some of Charlie’s frustration pouring out. Bird’s sound is strong, angry but fully controlled in a masterpiece performance thrown together at the session itself.

1981 To Bird With Love: A giant compendium of photos and text presented by Frenchman Francis Paudras from Chan Richardson’s archives of Bird material - family snaps, contracts letters, drawings, documents etc showing how life was with unpredictable Charlie
 (Paudras later ‘rescued’ Bud Powell for a time providing him with accommodation and a home-life in Paris later in his life).

Bird Flight: A radio programme broadcast daily by Parker authority Phil Schaap from station WKCR FM New York who over months and years has presented and discussed every single note played by Charlie in his life  captured on disc or tape. The most thorough analysis ever made and still available online.

Dave B.

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