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Bebop Spoken There

Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 2023)

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!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Fri 27: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm. SOLDOUT!
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Hip Hop Hooray @ Bar 52, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Fri 27: John Dikeman, Pat Thomas, John Edwards, Steve Noble @ Lit & Phil. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 27: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £10.00. on the door. A Swung Eight event.
Fri 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Ragtime & stride piano. 8:00pm.

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

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

Sinatra wanted out of Capitol - be his own boss - and tried to buy Verve from Norman Granz. They couldn't agree on terms which I think is where the bitter hatred they had for each other began. So Frank, like the Jazz Co-op when they were unable to take over the Jazz Café and bought The Globe, set up his Reprise label.

History will see this from different angles. The Reprise sessions aren't as dynamic or as memorable as the Capitol or even some of the later Columbia's but I love these two.

8. Sinatra Sings Great Songs from Great Britain. Reprise 1962 arr. Bob Farnon.
Farnon, one of the great British (actually Canadian although he did work in GB for many years) arrangers, never quite hit the jackpot for Sinatra like Riddle or Stordahl did. Farnon's forte  was the light, flighty orchestral pieces that were ever a feature of afternoon broadcasts on the BBC Light Programme and, although many of his contemporaries considered him as amongst the greatest composers/arrangers ever, I'm keeping my options open.

What is beautiful about this album is the material. Eleven songs composed by British composers that bear comparison with their American counterparts.

Garden in the Rain is terrific and is credited to Carroll Gibbons - 'ang on, wasn't Gibbons born in Massachusetts?  Poetic licence I suppose as he was resident bandleader at the Savoy Hotel in London for many years which, back then, was second only to being Master of the Queen's Music at Buck House. It's a great tune, a great track and, had Sinatra been British would have probably earned him a knighthood or at least breakfast with a minor royal.

9. Moonlight Sinatra. Reprise 1965 arr. Nelson Riddle. Great title and one deserving of the Beethoven of popular song. All the songs, as the title implies are moonlight related - Moonlight Becomes You; Moon Song; Moonlight Serenade; Reaching For the Moon; I Wished on the Moon; Oh, You Crazy Moon; The Moon Got in my Eyes; Moonlight Mood; Moon Love; The Moon Was Yellow.

Only our man from Hoboken could have thought up such a conception - it would have been lunacy to think otherwise but, 'ang on, didn't Mel Tormé have the same idea five years earlier when he recorded Swingin' on the Moon?

Damn! Mel's album blows Frank's into outer space! Well, Mel did have Marty Paich in his corner and Don Fagerquist and Bud Shank blow some tasty solos...

Still I guess musical bigamy is acceptable!
Lance

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