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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Barnes: "Normally you can cobble a set together with five guys on the back of an envelope over the first pint and it's just fine. Livestreaming isn't like that." - (Jazzwise July 2021)

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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.

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13,381 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 799 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (June 20).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event. POSTPONED!

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Sat 26: Tyne Valley Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham (3:45pm).

Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 27: Noel Dennis Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. Advance booking essential: www.jazzcoop. A Jazz Co-op-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Album review: Ian Charleton Big Band - A Fresh Perspective

Some nice Basie-like sounds on the opening two tracks, both originals by the leader as is the title track, a romp in 6/4 time that has wailing soprano by Garcia, lyrical flugel by Kerry Moffit and all driven along by Habib's drumming.

Vocalist Emily Charleton just happens to be married to the leader but I'm sure she'd have got the gig anyway judging by her earthy rendition of Rogers and Hart's Everything I've Got - that Larry Hart could sure pen a lyric!

More lyricism from Moffit on a rather ponderous arrangement of Stardust that is rescued by the solo. Moffit remains down front, switching to trumpet for El Otoño with Garcia playing a spiky alto solo.

Emily returns for a strident Blue Skies with the tenor solo by Philbrick rather more restrained.

Kuebler plays a delicate take on the verse to Tea For Two before the band enter in  slow, slow, quick, quick slow mode.

When Sunny Gets Blue isn't the dreamy version we're used to but a fast Latin number with trombonist Lloyd displaying no shortage of agility and Philbrick once more stretching out on tenor.

Party on Park arranged, as all were, by Ian Charleton, was also one of his originals and, just as the album began, goes out on a Basie kick with some gutsy baritone from Fatek, blues guitar from Wes Wagner and, of course, Kuebler on piano.

A nice, swingin' big band album.

Lance

West 87th Street; Sunday Morning; A Fresh Perspective; Everything I've Got; Stardust; El Otoño; Blue Skies; Tea For Two; When Sunny Gets Blue; Party on Park.

Ian Charleton (leader/arranger); Richard Garcia (alto/soprano sax); Jason Hammers (alto sax); Keith Philbrick, Michael Ferrante (tenor sax); David Fatek (baritone sax); Mark Oates, Pete Sutorius, Mark Nixon, Kerry Moffit (trumpets/flugels); John Lloyd, Lisa Drefke, Carl Lundgren, Dandrick Glenn (trombones); Bart Kuebler (piano); Wes Wagner (guitar); Ryan Persaud (bass); Bob Habib (drums); Emily Charleton (vocals) 

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