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Bebop Spoken There

Ferg Ireland: “I was very ignorant about early jazz - it's bizarrely skirted over in jazz education." - (Jazzwise, September 2021)

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.
Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST! --

Postage

13,698 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Sept. 17).

From This Moment On ...

September

Sun 19: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 19: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Westbourne Road, Hartlepool TS25 5RB. 1:00pm. South Durham Social Club aka Steelworks or Steelies. New venue for Teesside's premier big band.
Sun 19: Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 19: Green Tangerines + Knats @ Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.
Sun 19: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 20: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public)
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Celebrating TITTB's 20th anniversary & Dave Weisser's forthcoming birthday! Limited gig tickets (£1.00.). Free live stream. www.jazz.coop.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Sat 25: Silent Music Seeing Sound + Spinningwork @ Newcastle Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music (NFOJIM).
Sat 25: Knats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 26: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. .
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 26: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:00pm. .
Sun 26: David Gray Flextet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. .
Sun 26: Nubiyan Twist @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Ten albums by Sinatra and a few associated memories. Part Four

6. No One Cares. Capitol 1959. Arr. Gordon Jenkins. this and 7. Only the LonelyCapitol 1959 arr. Riddle, brings us back into Wee Small Hours' territory. The two albums are inextricably shared despite the different arrangers. No one ever sang a saloon song like Frank and only Billie could match him for emotion. Brilliant as Ella was, although she could probably out-swing either, when it came to laying your heart on your sleeve she was a distant third. Neither Frank or Billie went down the yellow brick road that Norman Granz paved for Ella with the songbook series - in fact, Sinatra and Granz were considerably less than friends.

According to no less an authority than Larry Adler, a guy who played the mouth organ, Cole Porter didn't like Sinatra either nor Frank's take on his songs. Sinatra did record many compositions by the great Broadway composers - Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Berlin and Rodgers - but he was truly at at his best singing songs written by drinking buddies such as Jimmy Van Heusan, Sammy Cahn and Johnny Mercer as well as the jazzier Harold Arlen.

I bought both albums from a second hand store in Newcastle's Bath Lane; No One Cares for 15/- (75p) and Only the Lonely for 20/- (£1). Presumably the latter album was dearer because it had Riddle waving the baton or perhaps because the songs were better - maybe.

Judge for yourself.
Lance

No One Cares: When no one Cares; A Cottage for Sale; Stormy Weather; Where do you go?; I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You; Here's That Rainy Day; I Can't Get Started; Why Try to Change me Now?; Just Friends; I'll Never Smile Again; None But the Lonely Heart.

Only the Lonely: Only the Lonely; Angel Eyes; What's New?; It's a Lonesome Old Town; Willow Weep for me; Good-Bye; Blues in the Night; I Guess I'll Have to Hang my Tears Out to Dry; Ebb Tide; Spring is Here; Gone With the Wind; One for my Baby.

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