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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).

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Album review: Dave Miller Trio - The Mask-erade is Over.

Dave Miller (piano); Andrew Higgins (bass); Bill Belasco (drums).

Well, I hope the title of this album turns out to be accurate and life gets back to a degree of normality. However, although I've got my fingers crossed and sent a prayer to him down there, time alone will tell.

Should the unthinkable happen and we're once more sentenced to a life of lockdowns, quarantines, self-isolation and all the rest then, at least, this album will provide some comfort. In fact, even if everything was hunky dory listening to the Dave Miller Trio would make it even hunkier and dorier. 

The pianist from Long Island - dig his Long Island sound - swings in the grand tradition of Peterson, Jamal, Shearing and many of the grandmasters before and after on a choice selection of standards plus pieces by Parker, Evans, Powell, and Brubeck. Higgins and Belasco provide the perfect support with Higgins' bass solos adding that extra dimension and, proving along the way that bass solos don't need to be boring.

Last night I was listening to Tommy Flanagan's great album, In His Own Sweet Time and it crossed my mind that no piano album was going to get within a country mile of it this year and maybe any other year.

Dave Miller gets well within that country mile. How close and at which side is for the listener to decide. As for me, I'm sitting on the fence, I wouldn't want to be without either. Lance

Available on Summit Records (SMT-784) 

Anthropology: Be Careful it's My Heart; The Masquerade is Over; The Opener (Bill Evans); Someday I'll Find You; You Don't Know What Love Is; Yardbird Suite; Estate (Bruno Martino ); In Your Own Sweet Way; The Blue Room; Dusty (original); Why Did I Choose You?; Hallucination; Just Imagine.

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