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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.
Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST! --

Postage

13,822 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1239 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 18).

From This Moment On ...

October

Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 18: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Monday, April 26, 2021

EP Launch: Esther Bennett - Safe Places. April 25

(Screenshots by Lance)
Esther Bennett (vocals); Terence Collie (piano); Richard Sadler (bass); Sophie Alloway (drums); Matt Hodge (perc.) + Hannah Horton (tenor/baritone sax); Duncan Lamont Jr. (flute/soprano/tenor sax).

First time I heard Esther was back in 2010 at the Spice of Life. That night she sang On a Clear Day and jammed with some other songbirds on Route 66. Ten years elapsed before I heard her again, this time with Sarah Moule on an album dedicated to the songs of the late Duncan Lamont.

Tonight, or rather last night as I'm a day late with the review, Duncan Lamont Jr. was on the gig and, not surprisingly they played one of his dad's tunes - There Ain't Nothin' Like the Blues which was, in actual fact, on the aforementioned album.

However, the emphasis of this session was on Esther's new EP that features five of her original compositions: Wandering Lost; Yellow Label Stuff; End of Summer; Forever Now (subtitled Ode to Duncan) and Please (Save me). All interesting and varied and digitally available on Bandcamp for a deep sea diver (£5)!

Intermingled with the items from the album were choice interpretations of Just in Time; Rio de Janeiro; Stolen Moments; There Ain't Nothin' Like the Blues plus a trio instrumental which, I think, I recognised as Dolphin Dance.

Esther was in great voice, the backing superb and some impressive blowing on tenor and baritone by yet another fine female sax worker. Great gutsy sound, I'll be looking forward to hearing Hannah Horton again. Needless to say, Duncan lived up to the standard set by his father.

My only complaint was that the distant fixed camera didn't allow for any close-ups. The visual impact always adds to the occasion.  The event was promoted by Mood Indigo Events but I'm not sure where the actual location was - help!

Lance

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