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Faye McCalman: "For a while I would hear other artists and feel that I need to be like that person, have what they have; but then I realised that everyone has their own thing and what I connect with most is when I can tell an artist is just being themselves." - (Jazzwise July 2021)

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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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13,367 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 785 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (June 16).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 20: Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop. SOLD OUT. Livestream available from £7.50.

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.

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!

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Album review: Jacqui Naylor - The Long Game

Jacqui Naylor (vocals/comps.); Art Khu (keys/guitar); Jon Evans (bass/guitar/backing vocals); Josh Jones (drums/perc.)

So many albums being released these days it's nigh impossible to review or even listen to other than a very small percentage. This one got through as it was reported as being her eleventh release and the wide variety of numbers are, to say the least, intriguing.

I mean to say, Space Oddity! I've never been a Bowie fan and I'm only vaguely familiar with the original. However, rather than check out the Bowie record for comparisions which, in truth would have been pointless, I listened without the benefit of hindsight and, although the lyrics are rubbish (I've since discovered a few different interpretations as to what it's all about) Naylor's earthy voice rises above (or maybe below) the stupidity of the song.

Other oddities, from a jazz angle include Cold Play's Fix You done in modular form over It Never Entered my Mind - the things they get up to!

Naylor has an intriguing voice, more baritone than contralto and, had she been born before she was born, could well have been a blues mama or the second banana in a vaudeville show supporting Sophie Tucker. That, of course, is whimsical conjecture and her distinctive voice lends itself well to the pops, the standards and her originals which take up 7 of the 14 tracks. And, this is one of those rare occasions where the originals are as compelling  as the tried and tested.

The support is fine with Naylor's partner and accompanist Khu, a star in his own right, alongside Evans and Jones, providing the solid support that makes for a delightful completion.

It may be a long game, but it's a game well worth playing for the music, the lyrics and the interpretations.

Lance

Samples.

Like Someone in Love; Give me One More Chance; Fix You; I'll Be Loving YouLove Look What You've Done; Walkin' Out The Door; Smile; The Thrill is Gone; Space Oddity; The Long Game; Don't Give Up; Speak Low; It's The Right Time; All My Life. (Titles in bold are Naylor originals).

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