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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Barnes: "Normally you can cobble a set together with five guys on the back of an envelope over the first pint and it's just fine. Livestreaming isn't like that." - (Jazzwise July 2021)

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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.

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13,381 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 799 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (June 20).

From This Moment On

JUNE

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. POSTPONED!

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!

Sat 26: Tyne Valley Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham (3:45pm).

Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 27: Noel Dennis Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. Advance booking essential: www.jazzcoop. A Jazz Co-op-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Ten 10" Albums I still play (occasionally). 6: Jazz Today - Operation Jam Session

National Service, RAF Manby, 1957. A fellow conscript, Dave Yeldham from Sheffield (anybody in Sheffield remember Dave? Is he still around?), brought in this Jazz Today album. I was blown apart, this was fantastic! I think I bought it from him with my life-savings which, at the time was probably about ten bob - or maybe I just bought him a pint, can't remember, it was a long time ago.

However, the album, the sleeve now tattered and torn, is one I still play - probably more frequently than any of the others in this series.

It's, in a sense, like an opera or a symphony building up to a grand finale.

Side 1, Blues in Threes has the three in question - Bertie King, Bruce Turner and Joe Harriott blowing alto (maybe Johnny Dankworth was on the subs bench!) - with Dill Jones, Keith Christie and Kenny Baker bringing the movement to a close with all the horns riffing. If this has had been it then I'd have been happy although maybe not yet prepared to part with my life-savings.

Side 2. A ballad medley. Boring you might think but, boring never entertained this equation! Just look at the cast and their instrumental arias!

Jimmy Skidmore (tenor sax) On the Alamo; Cedric West (guitar) What's New?; Keith Christie (trombone) Makin' Whoopee; Dill Jones (piano) How Long Has This Been Going on?; Harry Klein (baritone sax) Sweet and Lovely followed by "The Grand Amen" Kenny Baker (trumpet) blowing I'm Beginning to See the Light! This was the moment when, if my life-savings hadn't been enough, I'd have sold my grandmother into white slavery! That last chorus is just about as good as anything  I've ever heard from Bach to Basie.

Thank you Dave Yeldham if you're still around.

Lance

PS: Side 1 is actually side 2 but I've always regarded them in reverse order.

PPS: I find that I actually waxed eloquent about this album back in 2016!

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