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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: 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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