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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.


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Friday, July 02, 2021

Live from the Flat with Rossano Sportiello #39 - June 29

(Screenshot by Russell)
Rossano Sportiello (piano); Scott Robinson (tenor sax, trumpet)

Another Live from the Flat session. From his Greenwich Village home, Rossano Sportiello chalked up number 39, make that # 39, in his weekly streamed gigs. This evening our Italian born, NYC resident played a duo set with Scott Robinson. A most compatible pairing, they've worked together many times in New York and elsewhere. Everything I Love for starters, followed by Step into My Dreams, throughout the set Robinson would feature on tenor sax with a couple of numbers on trumpet. 

Our duo agreed that The Shadow of Your Smile is one of the great tunes, they played Johnny Mandel's composition with the utmost sensitivity. Sportiello warned his decidedly mainstream patrons not to be alarmed by a 'free jazz' intro to Muskrat Ramble. What they made of it is anyone's guess, not least as the YouTube stream promptly crashed! Our host apologised, not for daring to introduce something anathema to his supporters, rather for the break in transmission. It was, apparently, one of the very few occasions when things hadn't run smoothly. Connection restored, it was back to some 'proper' jazz, the set closing with Nobody Else But Me. Russell        

Set list: Everything I LoveStep into My DreamsMuskrat RambleShe's Funny That WayEverybody Loves My BabyLa MerThe Best Things in Life Are FreeThe Shadow of Your SmileNobody Else But Me.

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