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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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

15087 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 106 of them this year alone and, so far, 4 this month (Feb. 1).

From This Moment On ...

February

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 4:00pm (this week only). Free.
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Album review Barry Altschul’s 3DOM Factor - Long Tall Sunshine

Barry Altschul (drums and cymbals); Jon Irabagon (tenor, soprillo sax, alto clarinet); Joe Fonda (bass).

Well, it’s been a while since I listened to any free jazz so when this one arrived in the post I took my teeth out, sat up straight and prepared to hang on for the ride. And it is a ride, the music is, at times plaintiff and exploratory, at others declamatory and celebratory. The trio is an open, stripped down format that allows every note from all three protagonists to land clearly, especially the drums which cover the spectrum from delicate to explosive.

The opener, Long Tall Sunshine opens with Fonda’s rolling bass for a few bars before Altschul comes out of the traps like a thoroughbred, his work rate making Art Blakey sound like a part-timer. This is ‘free-bop’ a hybrid of free jazz and bebop and works as a teaser/taster for what follows, in that it conditions the palette for the something less rooted in the familiar that follows.

The 3Dom Factor includes a solo from Irabagon tonguing and wrestling with the alto clarinet like he’s trying to bend it round a corner, breathing life into it and sucking the breath back out, making it cry like a baby, all in the space of the closing three minutes.

The shorter Irina is a soulful melancholic lament for the sax over sonorous bass and gently rolling drums, Irabagon responding to his own plaintiff calls.

Be Out S’Cool opens like a fractured waltz with a heavyweight bass solo, Altschul lighter but persistent behind him, before it opens out with Irabagon working the higher register with heavier punctuation from the drummer’s fills and rolls.

The closer, Martin’s Stew, is a furious charge, anchored on the bass, with wailing saxes and overwhelming drumming, Altschul provides so much power, he’s like a jet engine in a VW Beetle. There’s a joyous release at the end of his second drum solo, enough to make you smile. I suspect that this music will make even more sense live.

3dom was formed in 2012, releasing a self-titled album which was followed up by Tales of the Unforeseen in 2015 and Live in Krakow in 2017. Long Tall Sunshine is another live album recorded during a European tour in 2019, though, it seems, nobody wrote down the details of where and when it was recorded, which is, I suppose in keeping with the spirit of the music.

And for those of you who were wondering, the soprillo saxophone is also known as the sopranissimo saxophone. It’s the smallest in the sax family, coming in at about 33cm, including the mouthpiece. You don’t see many of them around.

Long Tall Sunshine is released today (July 30) through most of the usual channels and outlets, though Jeff Bezos is selling it for £28+ when it is available direct from Not Two records HERE for €12. There doesn’t appear to be a group or Barry Altschul personal website but there is a good Facebook page and Wikipedia has a good page showing the extent and breadth of Altschul’s career.

Now, where did I leave my teeth? Dave Sayer

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