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Bebop Spoken There

John McDonough (reviewing Bright Red Dog’s In Vivo): “When you improvise on nothing, that’s what you get”. - DownBeat August 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.

Postage

13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Adam Glasser Band @ the 606 Club - June 19

(Screenshot by Lance)
Adam Glasser (piano, harmonica); George Crowley (tenor sax); Rob Luft (guitar); Steve Watts (bass); Corrie Dick (drums).

Not an easy one to write about as the livestream did have some buffering problems which restricted the flow of the music. It may have been unique to my set-up as no one else complained, although, unlike most streams, the 606 doesn't attract too many sidebar pundits so maybe they suffered in silence.

Whatever, it was still an enjoyable first set aimed at launching Glasser's album Mzanzi from which much of the repertoire came. As the title implies it was very much township based with that infectious rhythm - sometimes implied, sometimes in your face.

Crowley blistered on tenor and Luft rubber stamped his ever increasing credentials as a guitarist to be reckoned with. Watts and Corrie Dick laid down the cement for the other three to build on with Glasser alternating between piano and chromatic harmonica.

Apart from Glasser's originals, most of the material was drawn from various South African jazz legends such as Abdullah Ibrahim and Bheki Mseleku and made the session a must for fans of that particular genre. Lance

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