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Bebop Spoken There

Charles Lloyd: "I'm raring to go out to play, because I know I'll find something to explain the inexplicable." (DownBeat August 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, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14438 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 716 of them this year alone and, so far, 13 this month (August 6).

From This Moment On ...

August

Wed 10: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 10: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Wed 10: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 10: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 10: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 11: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 11: Baghdaddies @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. Time TBC.
Thu 11: Indigo Jazz Voices: Little Big Band Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. POSTPONED!
Thu 11: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests Donna Hewitt (sax) Josh Bentham (sax) Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 12: Ben Gilbert Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sun 14: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 14: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ West Park, South Shields. 2:00pm.
Sun 14: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 14: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Sun 14: Sunday Night Am Jam Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Note start time.

Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Friday, August 06, 2021

Album review; Sean Gibbs: When Can I See You Again?

Sean Gibbs (trumpet); Riley Stone-Lonergan (tenor sax); Rob Brockway (piano); Calum Gourlay (bass); Jay Davis (drums).

I remember, back in the early days of the Side Café, situated in the shadow of the Tyne Bridge, climbing the stairs to the upper room. I'd been off the scene for a while and it came as a surprise to realise that a whole new generation of jazz musicians had arrived. Many of them the equal, if not better than some of the older musicians I'd revered. Bernard Shaw's famous quote came to mind: "Of course you're better than I am - you were born after me"!

The young pianist who sat in at the closing jam session didn't kick ass that night but you had the feeling he was polishing his shoes in readiness.

I'm talkin' Rob Brockway - those shoes must be rather worn by now!

That promise has well and truly come to fruition over the years and, on this album,  he meets his fellow A-listers on even terms.

Sean Gibbs, like so many, is a product of the Birmingham Conservatoire after initially making his mark with the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland. His solos, like his compositions, combine lyricism and fire with no lack of technique.  

Riley Stone-Lonergan, for those unfamiliar with his playing, threw his hat in the ring via various livestreams during lockdown and told the world that the UK probably has more top class tenor players per "unsquare" mile than anywhere in the world - yes, maybe even over there!

Jay Davis graduated from Leeds and has picked up many prestigious awards since. 

Calum Gourlay is a bass playing legend north of the border and, after graduating and subsequently teaching at the Royal Academy of Music, he soon became a first call bassist on the London scene.

As for Rob I feel proud and yet humble to have been in on the ground floor (metaphorically speaking) of this young man's remarkable growth and I'm pretty sure there's much more to come.

In the meantime, if you like your jazz to have a suggestion of Herbie Hancock about it then look no further. Lance

Released August 13 on Ubuntu Music (UBU 0083) with a launch at The Vortex on August 20.

Internal Conflict; Happy Hour; Mary; The Grand Parade; That's Your Lot; Camperdown; When Can I See You Again?

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