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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Holland: "Back then, one of my first gigs was with Wally Fawkes and Johnny Parker at the Crown and Anchor in Islington, playing music that went back to the days of King Oliver. And I've always enjoyed the joyousness of that music, and the sound of everybody fitting together beautifully, improvising together." - Jazzwise, August 2021.

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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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13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

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).

Friday, June 11, 2021

Album review: Archipelago - Echoes To The Sky

Faye MacCalman (tenor sax, clarinet, synth, vocals); John Pope (bass guitar, fx, vocals); Christian Alderson (drums, percussion).

A genre busting album with various twists and turns flowing richly throughout.  Folk, indie, electronic and free jazz all surface not just on individual tracks but within pieces too. For example, the longest piece on the album Gold starts with an electronic intro  the clarinet then takes over with an eastern style theme all the while there is a terrific bass groove driving proceedings. I even detected a hint of prog rock within the piece. 

There are three tracks (Waiting, Wake Up and Burn On) featuring MacCalman on vocals providing further depth and variety. MacCalman is responsible for penning all the vocals and the music apart from 3 tracks (Wine Dark Sea, Undercurrent, Silhouette) jointly written with the other band members.


My favourite parts of the album are when it kicks off towards the end of a track and the wild exuberance and free spirit of the band shines through. Chemical is old style Archipelago energetic, rocking, foot tapping stuff. In contrast, the delightful Wine Dark Sea is a charming melodious and mellow ballad. The percussive chimes evoke the ebb and flow of the gentle waves.

Undercurrent is a straight up electronic groove and the last 2 tracks - the ecclesiastical sounding Silhouette and the vocal Burn On - have a dark and spooky feel.

So all in all a fascinating and varied production keeping this listener intrigued and entertained during its entire playback. Steve H


Bandcamp. Available June 25 on New Jazz and Improvised Music label.

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