Total Pageviews

Bebop Spoken There

Veronica Swift: "I don't want to call myself a jazz singer anymore. I'm a singer and a storyteller.'" - (JazzTimes, December 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

13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!.

Tue 25: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public). .
Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

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!

More info.

Close Your Eyes; Days of Wine and Roses; Three For the Festival.

No comments :

Blog Archive