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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.


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


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: 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!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Dave Sockett enthuses over Zoë Gilby's Aurora.

Zöe Gilby (voice); Noel Dennis (trumpet/flugel); Mark Williams (bass); Andy Champion (bass); Russ Morgan (drums).

I think you've all managed to create a lovely melodic, rhythmic and intriguing cd; with clever and insightful lyrics helping to explore the songs and potential themes. You manage to really use words and phrases sparingly, but with powerful and multiple meaning and effect. I also thought your use of expressive sound and emotion from your voice was beautifully realised. The themes of creation, love, time, change, adventure, movement, being present and spirituality were all there.

In Leap to the Limelight, with the guitar creating leaping movement, the percussion, atmosphere and the trumpet a broad scan of a space, you sung your lyrics beautifully, to create the movement of spinning, flight and pirouette. 

The All Night Diner, was alive with life, options and opportunity, with trumpet and bass creating the atmosphere so well and the guitar making it flow. The lyrics convey a down to earth, realistic, welcoming  place, with a tasty menu and spicey menu and perhaps a bit more. 

Your Dear Heart creates a lush atmosphere of romance and a loving dream world, with all the instruments supporting this in quite a slow, laid back way. 

The tempo becomes very active in Forget the Past, which is full of adventure for the moment before life passes by. It's life on the pulse and fast playing and drum rolls intensify it. 

A Momentary Place of Peace, full of adventure, but looking for escape; questioning destiny and fate and trying to find an anchor for the heart. Beautiful notes are played on guitar and the medium tempo carries the song well. This is New moves up tempo again, with the band flowing together. A thrilling atmosphere is created with the heart beat thumping with fever and palms becoming sweaty; passion is taking off and the trumpet and the sounds of your voice and emotions give it a vivid intensity.

Ebb and Flow is a slower pace, with cascading ripples and the themes of creation and how emotion will play out in the moment seem evident; enhanced by the words forbidden, secret and beguiling. 

Shadows in Solitude has a haunting contemplative feel to it; with the guitar seeming to play questioning notes and the atmosphere being quite moody. 

Celestial Delight has a feeling of wonder and awe about it, enhancing a spiritual theme. There seems to be praise and celebration here, with a lovely pulsing rhythm, trumpet runs and responsive guitar and bass. Everything seems to be so alive and the voice sounds and emotion emanating from you reinforce it all. I think the CD is very good and a great endorsement to you all. Dave Sockett

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