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John Scofield: "I like architecture that lends itself to improvisation." - (Jazzwise November, 2021)

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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Postage

13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Ten 10" albums I still play (occasionally). 9. Bud Powell Trio (Vogue L.D.E. 010)

Some of the best ever modern jazz piano can be heard on these eight tracks. Peterson and Garner were great but Powell, at least on this album, is the equal of both. 

The technique is dazzling, the harmony sublime, it swings so effortlessly, it is a blockbuster that set down the benchmark for every pianist who followed.

I have no recollection of how I came upon this album suffice to say that it was a long time ago*. Maybe I heard a track on the radio - possibly AFN or the Voice of America where, back then, all the good jazz seemed to emulate from even if you had to keep shifting the aerial around to combat the static and interference from nearby stations. I think a lot of it was caused by Russian "jamming" - not in the sense that we know the word - as the VOA was very much a propaganda station reaching out to the Eastern Bloc using jazz as a weapon!

Lance

*All is revealed! the inner sleeve is stamped "The Handy Shop, Walpole St., South Shields". This was a small shop just off Frederick St. in the Laygate area of the town. A shop where I bought many a second hand 78, 45, 33 rpm record.

3 comments :

Ronald Ainsborough said...

Lance you bring back many happy memories of my jazz listening .Like voice of America with Willis Conover was a great source of learning about jazz legends.In particular I liked the fact that he would play the full LP on his one hour show.
I concur with your fact that it was a USA propaganda broadcast, with variable reception to say it the least.
Was it on 11pm every night, I seem to recall.
Happy days!!
Ron

Lance said...

Yes it was a late night thing but, that is for another day. This post is about the magic of Bud Powell.

Ron Ainsborough said...

Apologies Lance, I did mean to comment on Bud Powell. I regard him as the finest bebop pianist ever and I love listening to the blue note recording called the amazing bud Powell . It is truly amazing. Your review suggests the tracks on the vogue LP are definitive recordings and I will endeavour to hear it..
Intrigued to read review of your pending 10th album
Ron

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