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Faye McCalman: "For a while I would hear other artists and feel that I need to be like that person, have what they have; but then I realised that everyone has their own thing and what I connect with most is when I can tell an artist is just being themselves." - (Jazzwise July 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

13,367 (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

JUNE

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. 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).

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Ten albums by Sinatra and a few associated memories - Preview

To   even   attempt   to   reduce  Sinatra's  vast  output  down  to  a mere ten albums is asking the impossible!

The early singles with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, the Columbia sessions with Axel Stordahl and then...the Capitol dates with Nelson Riddle that rewrote the script for popular singing that has lasted to this very day and probably will do for ever more. 

Not that it was all Riddle. 

Billy May, Gordon Jenkins, Robert Farnon and Quincy Jones also chipped in.

Ideally, I should have included an album that contained some of his final Columbia recordings the singles that gave a foretaste of the future. The Things we Did Last Summer or The Birth of the Blues which was the single that really hit me. Prior to that eyeopener, every one I knew thought that Sinatra was old hat but, despite the tune being "old hat" this was Sinatra taking on Frankie Laine, Johnny Ray etc. and beating them at their own game. However, Columbia's A & R man, Mitch Miller lumbered him with Mama Will Bark a number that hastened his move to Capitol. At least Sinatra was saved the indignity of She Wears Red Feathers and Feet Up (pat him on the po-po!) - numbers that, nevertheless, put plenty of dollars into Guy Mitchell's poke.

However, this is as much my memories of discovering the albums and the circumstances surrounding them as it is about the great man himself. Others have dissected the recordings note by note in countless books and articles - they're all out there. Google Frank Sinatra and you'll find 34,000,000 items. In ten seconds time there will be 34,000,001.
Lance

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