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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)

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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!

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Ten 10" albums I still play (occasionally). 8. The Gerry Mulligan Quartet - Volume 1

Chet Baker (trumpet); Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax); Bob Whitlock (bass); Chico Hamilton (drums). 

Like so many of the albums in this series, younger listeners may wonder what all the fuss was about. I too, sometimes, also express doubts but, putting those doubts behind me, I go back to the moment in time when they appeared that is in the years prior to the advent of Elvis, The Beatles, Coltrane, Ornette and the various others who went for music sans frontières

To those listeners such as myself who preferred to have their frontières, however distant, at least reachable at the end of a good day's bike ride these tracks quickly acquired cult status.

Mulligan, of course, we knew from his days with Miles' legendary 1949 band but Baker was totally new to most of us, as was the concept of a piano-less quartet.

It was the epitome of cool. Baker became the pin-up boy of jazz and even won polls despite his limited technique proving once again that less can be more.

Nevertheless, it was good for its time and even though I preferred a later edition with valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer replacing Chet it didn't detract from the initial impact.

When judgement day finally arrives, the Mulligan Quartet will probably be side-lined as an interesting offshoot albeit a very listenable one.

Lance

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