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Bebop Spoken There

Jennifer Wharton: "People forget that the trombone is so glorious. It can be like going to church, or getting ready for battle. It can be a lot of things....For a longtime I was the only female trombonist in New York," - (DownBeat May 2021)

Archive quotes.

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.


13,218 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 637 of them this year alone and, so far, 45 this month (May 11).

Coming soon ...

May 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen at The Holystone (Indoors!)
May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 21: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club. (Revised date).
June 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club. (Revised date).

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Dave Lewis Quartet livestreaming from the 606 - May 1

Dave Lewis (tenor sax); Robin Aspland (piano); Neville Malcolm (bass guitar); Rod Youngs (drums).

Dave Lewis? Dave Lewis? I knew the name but from where? From when? Yes! Gillespiana at the King's Head in Crouch End back in 2011 where Dave was in the sax section. That was a great night that I almost missed due to a chance encounter on the number 91 bus! However that is another story ... Further exploration of the BSH archives revealed that Dave was at GIJF in 2015 in a bizarre session with Jay Rayner that incorporated jazz and cookery - these festivals, the things they come up with!

I left that one to epicurean Russell to review - there are times when one has to pull rank! However, the common denominator in both sessions that we found to our taste (taste - get it?) was Dave Lewis' bluesy tenor playing.

That earthy style was very much in evidence at the 606 tonight as, oblivious to the row of empty seats, he blew like a man walkin' the bar. Like Arnett Cobb or Lockjaw Davis, like  you were living next door to Birdland or even the 606 itself!

Lewis has this trick that not many hornmen have. He can be blowing some real lowdown dirty blues whilst, without losing the mood, slot in the most melodic phrase you ever heard!

Robin Aspland, I'd heard many times over the years and he's never disappointed, but bass and drums were unfamiliar names - not any more!

I know there are other Saturday night venues competing but, I'd suggest giving the 606 a try. So you have to pay up front as opposed to a donation - what's the difference?

Marks out of ten? - Nine. Norwegian Wood didn't work for me (and, come to that, nor did the Beatles' version - it's almost as stupid a song as Yellow Submarine!)


Chitlins Con Carne; Missin' You; My Mama Told me so; My Little Suede Shoes; Soul Station; Black Whip; Norwegian Wood; Trouble (No. 2); Farmer's Trust.

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