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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

14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).
Fri 20: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Swing Bridge @ Garden House Coffee, Hallgate, Hexham. 4:05pm.
Fri 20: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 20: Customs House Big Band w Ruth Lambert @ Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm.
Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).

Sat 21: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Market Place, Darlington. 11:00am - 3:00pm. All star line-up!
Sat 21: Elkie Brooks @ Whitley Bay Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ The Hippodrome, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Album review: Sinne Eeg & Thomas Fonnesbæk - Staying in Touch

Sinne Eeg and Thomas Fonnesbæk keep in touch. Collaborators across a number of projects, their voice and bass duo is one of them. BSH's reviewers have waxed lyrical about several of Ms Eeg's albums (duo with Fonnesbæk, small group and big band recordings). Is Staying in Touch deserving of similar, fulsome praise? 

Sinne Eeg's lower register vocals are seemingly pitch perfect. Whatever the material, from standards to original compositions, the Dane's command of a lyric and the English language cannot be faulted. 

Listen, and listen again, what you hear is perfection. Eleven tracks, from the opening Spring Waltz (Thomas Fonnesbæk/Helle Hansen) to Lennon and McCartney's The Long and Winding Road to How Deep is the Ocean? (Irving Berlin) and Just One of Those Things (Cole Porter), Ms Egg is a joy to listen to. Thomas Fonnesbæk is, perhaps, the greatest bassist - Danish or any other nationality - since Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen. In possession of flawless technique, endless harmonic invention and a warm, rounded tone, Fonnesbæk is the perfect foil to Eeg.

On three tracks Eeg and Fonnesbæk are joined by a string section: Orphans (Fonnesbæk/Hansen), Sinne Eeg's composition The Streets of Berlin and Those Who Were (Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen/Lisa Freeman). Staying in Touch is jazz singing and double bass playing at its finest. Highly recommended.
Russell
     
Sinne Eeg (vocals); Thomas Fonnesbæk (bass) with strings on three tracks: Andrea Gyarfas Brahe (violin); Karen Johanne Pedersen (violin); Deanna Said (viola); Live Johansson (cello); Jesper Riis (string arrangements)

Staying in Touch by Sinne Eeg and Thomas Fonesbæk is available now from Stunt Records (STUCD 21072). 

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