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Bebop Spoken There

JD Allen: "...art in itself is now a luxury that you need a lot of finances to do." - (DownBeat October 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.
Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST! --

Postage

13,806 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1223 of them this year alone and, so far, 50 this month (Oct. 13).

From This Moment On ...

October

Sun 17: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 17: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club. 1:00pm.
Sun 17: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Unitarian Church, Newcastle. 1:30pm.
Sun 17: Vula Viel @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Album review: Roland Kirk - Live at Ronnie Scott's 1963

Roland Kirk (tenor sax, stritch, manzello, flute, nose flute, siren etc.); Stan Tracey (piano); Malcolm Cecil (bass); Ronnie Stephenson (drums).

I only heard Roland Kirk live but once - at a college in Durham back in the 1960's. However, it was one of those "I was there moments". I floated home on a cloud (actually an Austin mini-van) oblivious to traffic, oblivious to the every-day world, my mind totally immersed in The Song of Roland. My wife thought I was drunk and I was, but not with mere alcohol but with an experience - a happening. I knew how Saul felt on the road to Damascus.

The band, on that occasion was, I think, all American although the only name I remember is Jimmy Hopps on drums. On this beautifully presented Gearbox piece of 200g, 12" vinyl, the band is all-British and they don't let the side down.

The recording is crisp and Kirk is heard to great advantage as is Stephenson - Tracey and Cecil less so. In a sense it's a bit like being in a club and sitting at a table next to the drummer. Stephenson is/was at the time arguably second only to Buddy Rich as the greatest big band drummer of all-time. However, this was a quartet, although with Kirk blowing three horns it could possibly be classed as a sextet, and Ronnie is somewhat overpowering. Then again, it added to the sense of being there and delivered a lasting memory of what it was like to hear jazz's greatest maverick in his prime and at his very best.

Like the Roy Hargrove/Mulgrew Miller album, In Harmony, this is also a July 17 Record Store Day limited edition drop (1000 copies) so start queuing now. Lance

PS: How I wish that Gearbox technology had been available all those years ago when I first started buying LPs!

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