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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

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

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16382 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 262 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (April 20).

From This Moment On ...

April

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30-3:30pm. £12.00. ‘St George’s Day Afternoon Tea’. Gig with ‘Lashings of Victoria Sponge Cake, along with sandwiches & scones’.
Tue 23: Jalen Ngonda @ Newcastle University Students’ Union. POSTPONED!

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

Thu 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 25: Jim Jams @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Jim Jams’ funk collective.
Thu 25: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 25: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.
Thu 25: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 25: Kate O’Neill, Alan Law & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass); Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 26: Graham Hardy Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: Paul Skerritt with the Danny Miller Big Band @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 26: Abbie Finn’s Finntet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 27: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: More Jam Festival Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Swing Dance workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free (registration required). A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: The '10' Tour @ Glasshouse International Centre for Music, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £41.30 t0 £76.50.
Sun 28: Alligator Gumbo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Jerron Paxton @ The Cluny, Newcastle. Blues, jazz etc.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Ten Vinyl LPs I Would Not Like to be Without by Mike Farmer

1 Gene Ammons—Boss Tenor (Prestige-mono).  I bought this in Berlin from Walter Artles record stall during the Jazz Festival for 5 DMs a real bargain!  There is a great version of Canadian Sunset which makes me wonder why more jazz musicians don’t feature this tune.

2 Chet Baker---Once upon a Summertime (Artists House).  This is worth keeping if only because the  booklet that came with it is so incredible, containing rare photos of Baker playing in Army bands and at gigs with Bird and Mulligan etc. The fine reedsman Greg Herbert on this record passed away a year later in 1978, also in Amsterdam in similar circumstances to Chet’s.

3 Art Blakey—Buttercorn Lady (Limelight-mono).  This 1966 album was sub-titled   “And the New Jazz Messengers” and was recorded live at the famous Lighthouse, Hermosa Beach, California. It contains some outstanding solos by 19 years-old Frank Mitchell on tenor and 21 years old Keith Jarrett. They do a great version of the standard Secret Love on which trumpeter Chuck Mangione excels.

4 Ray Bryant---Alone with the Blues (Esquire—mono).   This is one of the greatest solo piano albums ever recorded and though some of the tunes are not strictly blues i.e. Lover Man and Rockin’ Chair it does not matter when Ray works his magic.   Anyone who saw him play solo at Burnley, Lancs, years ago will never forget it! 

5 The Art Farmer - Benny Golson Jazztet—Meet the Jazztet  (Pye mono).      There are 10 tunes on this debut LP and every one a gem. The later line-ups of this band never quite reached the heights of this one- Golson has some fantastic tenor work-outs- e.g. Blues March and Killer Joe.   

6 Lee Morgan—The Lee Morgan Quintet   (Joy mono). UK edition of the original Vee-Jay recording this has Lee Morgan in fine form alongside the tenor player Cliff Jordan and with Art Blakey on drums it is bound to appeal to hard bop fans. Just listen to Morgan’s work on Easy Living and marvel at his soulful sound.

7 Max Roach---The Many Sides of Max Roach (Mercury mono). Booker Little is awesome here and Max shows that he can write well. I also love the agile playing of George Coleman on tenor and the trombone work of Julian Priester. Roach always gets a superb sound on his drums!   

8 Sonny Rollins---Whats New?  (RCA Victor stereo).  This is Sonny in a bossa/Latin groove with calypso thrown into the mix. Jim Hall is along for the ride and I‘m surprised this album is not more well-known.      

9 Horace Silver--- Doin’ the Thing – The Horace Silver Quintet Live at the Village Gate (Blue Note stereo). Here we have a live recording at the iconic New York   jazz venue  and if you see that the engineer is Rudy Van Gelder you know the sound is going to be first class. Blue Mitchell was ideal for this group and together with tenorman Junior Cook they make this one of the best working bands of the era.              

10 Michel Legrand---Legrand Jazz   (Philips mono).  This goes back to 1958 recorded over three days in New York City involving thirty-three of best jazz musicians around at the time. All eleven tunes have plenty of solo work by the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Phil Woods, Ben Webster, Hank Jones; the list goes on. I need to replace this copy as I’ve played so often.

Mike Farmer

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