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Bebop Spoken There

Jeff Coffin: "I'm trying to find a creative way of being creative." - (DownBeat June 2021)

Archive quotes.

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.


13,348 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 766 of them this year alone and, so far, 40 this month (June 11).

From This Moment On


Sun 13: Charlotte Keeffe Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. (8:00pm). £10:00. Advance booking essential at:

Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punchbowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm).

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:

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm).

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm).

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Album review: Joe Williams - Four Classic Albums

Four albums recorded in a four year period in the late fifties capture Joe Williams at a career highpoint. Working with the Count Basie Orchestra, Williams' distinctive baritone voice lent itself to fronting a big band and singing the blues. The titles of the LPs (originally released on the Vanguard and Roulette labels) encapsulate Williams' working environment and popular appeal - A Night at Count Basie's (Basie's club in Harlem, NYC, backed by organist Marlowe Morris' small group featuring trumpeter Emmett Berry), A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry (Williams positioning himself as the vulnerable singer of ballads with orchestral string arrangements by Jimmy Mundy), Every Day I Have the Blues (the title track became Williams' signature tune with the Basie band) and Just the Blues (a recording featuring Basie playing piano and organ). 

Each album has its appeal, A Night at Count Basie's is decidedly 'live' with audience chatter evident but not distracting as Basie acts as MC for the night, Every Day I Have the Blues is Williams at his best with Basie's all-star swinging band, and the 1960 meeting in Chicago of Williams and Basie is best summed-up by the album's original sleeve notes: Truly, it can't be better if it's Basie/Williams - and "Just the Blues". Russell

Four Classic Albums (cat no. AMSC1389) by Joe Williams is available from ( 

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