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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!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Fri 27: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm. SOLDOUT!
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Hip Hop Hooray @ Bar 52, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Fri 27: John Dikeman, Pat Thomas, John Edwards, Steve Noble @ Lit & Phil. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 27: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £10.00. on the door. A Swung Eight event.
Fri 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Ragtime & stride piano. 8:00pm.

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Ten 10" Albums I still play (occasionally). 4: Gene Ammons All Stars - a hi-fi jazz jam session

The eagle-eyed among you will have realised that this isn't quite in the alphabetical order I designated when I introduced the series. This one should, alphabetically, have been number one indeed some might say it should be number one by any criteria.

I'd initially decided  on The Four Freshman and Five Trombones - an album which, over the years, I have had fond memories of. However, time can cloud memories. a typical example being the girl you had a crush on at school who, x years later, turns out to be somewhat less than attractive when you see her waiting for her second Covid jab.

The magic I once found from listening to the Freshmen, now, no longer sounds fresh, so I opted to replace it with an album that hadn't lost its charm.

This was a stellar line-up dating back to 1955. Gene Ammons (tenor sax); Lou Donaldson (alto sax); Art Farmer (trumpet); Freddie Redd (piano); Addison Farmer (bass); Kenny Clarke (drums) and not one of them coasting. One track per side allowed for extended solos. 

This was the first time (I think) that I'd heard Donaldson - Bird lives! Ammons nestling somewhere between Dexter and Wardell and Farmer blowing like Chet only warmer.

Add Redd, Art's twin brother Addison and bop grandmaster Clarke to the mix and you have a classic album - Four Freshmen? never heard of them! 

Listen to Woofin' and Tweetin'

Lance.

PS: The sleeve of the album, Esquire 20-078, also included the price - 29/6½d (including tax) which was probably quite expensive back then when you could buy a pint for a shilling.

1 comment :

Mike Farmer said...

Hi Lance- I'm glad you chose Gene Ammons in Hi-Fi for your number 4 selection.I used to own this LP but no longer have it and miss it a lot. The recording is so good you feel like you are standing right next to the soloists. I once took down the tune Woofin' and Tweetin off the record and when I had a quintet we played it now and again.

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