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Bebop Spoken There

Pat Metheny: "The best guitar player I've heard in maybe my entire life is floating around now, Pasquale Grasso." - (Vintage Guitar Magazine February 2016)

Archive quotes.

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.

Postage

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

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm).

Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

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

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!

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Sunday Night Jazz @ The Globe: Mark Williams Makeshift Trio - April 11

(Screenshot by Debra Milne)
Mark Williams (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums)

Anyone who felt short-changed that Alice Grace couldn't make it were soon saying "Alice who?" when Mark opened up with Monk's Let's Cool it, a tune that, to my ears, sounded remarkably like the composer's Nica's Dream. Alice, from her sickbed, commented on how good the band sounded.

Mark, notoriously self-effacing, designated the announcing duties to Paul Grainger who explained that, as he wasn't the trio's regular bass player [Paul Susans], tonight's band was the Mark Williams Makeshift Trio.

Makeshift, maybe, but then, isn't that what jazz is all about? The ever changing permutations that make for an alternative look at a familiar set.

It wasn't the most populated stream of the Jazz Co-op's fantastic Sunday night sessions but one of the sidebar pundits did describe it as the best yet! Maybe, it was certainly in the frame.

Listening last night to Jim Mullen was a knockout and yet, tonight, Mark proved that he too is up there in that league! 

Russ Morgan was merely fantastic which is his norm and Paul Grainger is simply Mr Dependable. You want the job done to Check-a-Trade standards? look no further.

The delicacies: Let's Cool One; My Favorite Things; I Should Care; The Song is You; Prelude to a Kiss; Pat's Blues/Kansas City Blues; Nothing Personal; Out of Nowhere.

Lance

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