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Charlotte Keeffe: "I don't know what I'm going to play any more than you [the audience] do." - (Jazz North East/Jazz Co-op gig June 13, 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.

Postage

13,359 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 777 of them this year alone and, so far, 51 this month (June 13).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punchbowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

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.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm).

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm).

Friday, April 23, 2021

Ten 10" albums I still play (occasionally). 10. Joe Sullivan Plays Fats Waller

Number 10 was going to be Sinatra's In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning but, as there are two volumes - both great - to select one over the other would be akin to favouring one twin over the other plus, as recently as last year, I picked up a 12" album that contained both volumes so Frank had to go. Not too far away, however, as a future project in the pipeline may well be my favourite ten Sinatra albums.

Eventually, after much deliberation, I opted for another piano album, one that's stylistically far removed from Bud Powell  even though only 5 years separated the recordings and Powell's was the earlier one. 

Joe Sullivan was one of the great overlooked jazz pianists and here he plays the music of another great - Fats Waller. Eight lesser known tunes by Waller with, dare I risk being accused of blasphemy if I say that they have the added advantage of being heard without the composer's vocals or should I just hush my mouth?!

Suffice to say, Sullivan does them justice.

Bob Casey plays, and occasionally, solos on bass whilst George Wettling, is relatively subdued - if indeed he is present. The sleeve merely states "with rhythm accompaniment" although there are occasional percussive noises that signifies that the old Condon stickman is around.

It's a simple album but one which, in it's own way, is as listenable as any by the piano hotshots past, present and future (I've just bought a crystal ball!)

Listen to If You Can't be Good, be Careful.

Phillips BBR 8091.

Lance

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