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Bebop Spoken There

Greg Abate: "So many sounds are ugly now. There are no harmonics, no chords. What do people hear these days? Why do things have to change from that good music?" (JazzTimes June/July 2022)

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:"Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Dave O'Higgins Quartet @ The 606 Club - July 31

(Collage by Lance)
Dave O'Higgins (tenor sax); Graham Harvey (piano); Jeremy Brown (bass); Josh Morrison (drums).

Tonight has certainly been a night for tenor saxophilites! After listening to Keith Loftis' tremendous recording (see previous post) I approached tonight's Saturday 606 session with more than a little trepidation. Would  Dave O'Higgins - one the UK's top tenor players - bear comparision with the American whom I'd just been listening to minutes before?

"Oh ye of little faith" I said to myself as Dave went into an uptempo number that I recognised but couldn't put a name to (Trane, Oliver Nelson?) - I still haven't! The post tune announcement may have been picked up by those sitting close to the stage but for us livestreamers only those who could lip read would have picked it up. Nevertheless, whatever the name, the band were cookin'. The next number was equally indecipherable - it could have been Tenor Madness or something similar. 

One of the plus points of Covid is that when you're semi-restricted to livestreams you get to hear players who, because they rarely leave London, New York, Penge or wherever are merely names in a jazz mag such as tonight when I discovered Harvey, Morrison and Brown - all stellar names that are worth keeping in mind at the next election and deserved of a seat in Westminster next to the Jazz Co-op/Globe coalition.

A tune by bassist Brown led to more familiar ground. More Than You Know, with its dramatic out of tempo intro and the contrasting middle eight, is one of the great standards and O'Higgins made it his own.

A belated recognition of Charlie Parker's hundredth last year was provided by a blast on Segment then that good old jammer - Stella by Starlight. Dave appeared to be giving some background info about the the tune and the film from which it originated but his voice didn't carry this far!

The set finished off with an original by Dave entitled Stir Crazy a feeling that most musicians have felt over the past 18 months.

Stir crazy is of course prison talk which led me to wonder if the inmates of Death Row in America who are waiting to go to the electric chair go stir fry crazy!

As ever, a great 606 set. Lance

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