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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.
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14336 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 555 of them this year alone and, so far, 55 this month (June 19).

From This Moment On ...

June

Sat 25-Sun 26: Harambee Pasadia Festival @ The Hub, Shaw Bank, Barnard Castle DL12 8TD. www.harambeepasadiafestival.com. Line-up inc. Kevin Haynes Groupo Elegua, Hannabiell & the Midnight Blue Collective, Knats. Tickets from £20.00. adult, £10.00. teen (12-17).
Sat 25: Wild Women of Wylam @ Daniel Farm, Wylam. 7:00pm. £20.00. (inc. food).
Sat 25: Julija Jacenaite @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 26 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Outdoor (indoor if inclement weather).
Sun 26: Mississippi Dreamboats @ Springwell Village Community Venue, Gateshead. 2:30pm. A ‘1940s’ Weekend’ event (from 1:00pm).
Sun 26: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 26: Los Chichanos @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 27: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 28: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Sid White.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 30: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 30: Lights Out By Nine @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 30: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

July

Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Swing Manouche @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm (doors). £20.00.
Fri 01: 1920s Speakeasy w live jazz @ The Exchange, North Shields. 8:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Fri 01: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Blind Pig Blues Club. 8:00pm.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Ten albums by bass players - Part two

3. Charles Mingus – The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (1963)

One of the great Impulse modern jazz albums. If you don’t have this in your collection you should go and stand in the corner of the room until you feel better. Despite not containing any of Mingus’ best known tunes this is a tremendously strong suite of compositions that stands up against anything else recorded before or since, the opening track alone includes enough themes and variations to fill the career of a lesser composer. This album throws up the question whether Mingus is a greater composer than he is a bass player. Difficult to answer when, at times a huge, wide, interactive frenzy is built on the support provided by Mingus’ bass. He gives us soul, wailing plantation blues, weeping gospel, urban torch song, a folk waltz, frantic Mexicali strumming and Gershwinesque grandeur and it all hangs together. It would be a breath taking ballet.

4. Jaco Pastorius – Truth Liberty & Soul (1982, released 2017)

The Hendrix of the bass was a perfect fit for Weather Report’s ‘We never solo but we always solo’ ethos. I suspect that many bass players at the time heard Jaco with Weather Report and went off to train as accountants. This album was released in 2017 and I chose it as it’s a great showcase for his bass playing. Even when the band is at a roaring full throttle the bass is always prominent and always exciting and the playing of Peter Erskine on drums and Don Alias on percussion creates a rampaging three-headed rhythm beast. There is so much life and joy in this album, it’s almost overwhelming. Played at the right volume, it’s a great way to meet the neighbours.

An excellent 96 page booklet is included with the CD though ‘Jaco’ by Bill Milkowski is the essential reading if you want to get fully depressed about what was lost with his death in 1987.

5. Marc Johnson – Bass Desires (1986)

I was tempted to discuss Swept Away, Johnson’s more recent, and equally excellent, album with his wife Eliane Elias but went for this one as I like the work by both of the two featured guitarists, John Scofield and Bill Frisell. The guitar synthesizer that Frisell plays places it firmly in the 1980s, as do the mullets on the band photo on the inside cover. Johnson had been Bill Evans’ bassist towards the end of his career before forming this Bass Desires Band. Scofield provides curling, oblique, angular guitar in his trademark fashion, Erskine is constant in support, his drums bubbling under on each tune and Frisell’s guitar synthesizer adds washes of colour without muting the effect of what’s going on. Highlights include the Hollywood Chinese dance of Samurai Hee-Haw, Coltrane’s Resolution and the title track. Dave Sayer

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