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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Keltner: “I was snatched right out of the jazz world. I shouldn't say snatched, I went willingly, I ran. From $85 a week to $250 a week, that gets your attention." - (JazzTimes, September 2021)

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! --

Postage

13,715 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1132 of them this year alone and, so far, 76 this month (Sept. 21).

From This Moment On ...

September

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: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. .
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.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Album Review: Glenn Close & Ted Nash - Transformation

Ted Nash (composer, conductor, sop sax); Glenn Close (curator); Wayne Brady, Amy Irving, Matthew Stevenson, Eli Nash (spoken word); Wynton Marsalis (trumpet) + Members of the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra 

This album is a collection of spoken word and jazz on the theme of transformation, metamorphoses, big changes of all kinds, including the creation of life itself, the changes in the life of a transgender person, normal life after being in prison, changes for people of colour, the climate crisis. The readings are from the work of writers such as poet Ted Hughes.

The music illustrates the themes really well e.g.  for creation we have ambient chords and twisting 'wiggly' piano sounds to portray creatures. Then people are born, to a self confident, slinky, brassy tune and a swinging sax solo.

The transgender son reads out a letter to his father and the father accepts the changes with a happy, lively, piece which gradually gains speed. A woman comes out of prison to join the crowds, and the music trots along in rhythm, fine trumpet playing, followed by an impressive drum solo of very varied tones.

The angry black man speaks to the accompaniment of clapping sounds and a strong groove. He forgives those who've insulted him to the sound of cool, smooth jazz with hints of Porgy And Bess. The two final tracks remind us of the climate crisis and problems with the ozone layer, but leave us quietly to hope for solutions.

If this all sounds a bit 'heavy', yes it is, but I thought it was forgivably so, saved by the quality of the music, which has a freewheeling improvised quality, and also by the importance of the themes. Some of the readings didn't quite gel for me, for instance the changes in Derek, a prejudiced white man didn't sound quite genuine, but generally speaking I found this an enjoyable listen, but perhaps not suitable for everyone.

The album is available from May 7, 2021, both as a CD and digitally, on the Tiger Turn label.  

Ann Alex

Creation Part 1; Creation Part 11; Dear Dad/Letter; Dear Dad/Response; Preludes For Memnon; One Among Many; Rising Out Of Hatred; A Piece By The Angriest Black Man In America; Forgiveness; Wisdom Of The Humanities; Reaching The Tropopause

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