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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.
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13,698 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Sept. 17).

From This Moment On ...

September

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public)
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 6:45pm. Celebrating TITTB's 20th anniversary & Dave Weisser's forthcoming birthday! Limited gig tickets (£1.00.). Free live stream. www.jazz.coop.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Perdido Street Jazzmen (with Frank Brooker reeds, Eugene Farrar trombone, Brian Bennett banjo & Phil Rutherford sousaphone) @ Darlington Market Square, Darlington. 11:00am.
Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Sat 25: Silent Music Seeing Sound + Spinningwork @ Newcastle Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music (NFOJIM).
Sat 25: Knats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 26: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. .
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 26: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:00pm. .
Sun 26: Sax Appeal @ The Blue Bell, Hill Street, Corbridge NE45 5AA. 4:30pm. Free. .
Sun 26: David Gray Flextet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. .
Sun 26: Nubiyan Twist @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Album review: Chris Potter Circuits Trio - Sunrise Reprise

Chris Potter (tenor/soprano saxes, clarinets, flutes, sampler/keys); James Francies (piano, keys); Eric Harland (drums)

A slew of terrific sax players have plied their trade on livestreams and recordings in this last strangest year ever. I was curious then, how Chris Potter, widely touted as top titan of the tenor - post Michael Brecker - would sound to my ears after hearing some quite unbelievable playing from both sides of the Atlantic. From Stateside the likes of Wendell, Lovano and Redman as well as our own Trish Clowes, Alec Harper, Vasilis Xenopoulos, Harry Keeble and others.  On the evidence of this Edition Records follow up to his 2019 Circuits trio album, recorded in a short window of freedom in late 2020, I have to say he has a strong claim to top spot!

Potter is renowned for superlative technique and agile invention in warp speed improvisations, both are on show here in a tour de force of five substantial pieces which don’t hold back in dazzle, drive and duration. But while this is clearly Potter’s album, his compositions, structured mostly around his own lead, it is far from a one man show and the trio takes him in a more contemporary and electronic direction than much of his more classical tenor canon.  Harland on drums is a supreme foil for Potter with huge power, versatility and subtlety when called on. Francies is the youngster of the band by two decades, with R ‘n’ B and hip hop in his armoury, and brings swirling bass lines and proggy synths as well as molten lyricism of his own to match Potter.

Southbound opens with an airy and optimistic call laid down: the motif is then worked back and forth, before moving up a gear to stretch out into a weaving and swooping workout alternating between keys and sax driven relentlessly by Harland’s precise wizardry.

Serpentine is indeed a sinuous and funky beast, with another catchy motif stretched and swapped across the beat, and up and down through bewildering and seemingly effortless harmonic trails, culminating in a high energy drums and keyboard workout.

The Peanut comes down from the frenzy with a delightfully spacious and expressive sax and piano duet which builds to an anguished hiatus before resolution revealing Potter’s more spiritual face.

The final and longest number at 24 minutes, Nowhere Now Here/Sunrise Reprise, throws in some flute for variety before embarking on a quite remarkable journey through multiple moods and styles, featuring a drum solo of staggering finesse and musicality. Surely on anyone’s list for track of the year, with power and emotion tempered by precision and subtlety.

Altogether a breathtaking outpouring of remarkable music: in turns muscular and mysterious – a timely reminder that there is great art still in that contradictory phenomenon which is the USA.

Chris K

Try/buy CD,Vinyl LP, Digital here Label: Edition Records. Recorded: 19th September 2020 Release date: 14 May 2021

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