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George "Big Nick" Nicholas: "This band [George Adams-Don Pullen Quartet] is a bitch on roller skates, baby. They'll run you over if you ain't ready" (JazzTimes April, 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! --

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.

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. CANCELLED!
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.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Mornington Lockett Quartet + Henry Lowther @ the 606 Club - Sept. 18

Mornington Lockett (tenor sax); Henry Lowther (trumpet, flugel); Gareth Williams (piano); Geoff Gascoyne (bass); Mark Fletcher (drums).

Another belter from the 606. When the above five musicians get together the sparks fly. The two horn players offer contrasting styles that complement (and compliment) each other. Lockett, the musical machine gun leaving no note unplayed. Lowther, the more reflective - he's Miles to Mornington's Coltrane - together they gel.

The livestreamed first set began as a quartet and an unusual choice - Mr Sandman. However, without the banal words, it's a good tune to blow on with Lockett cleverly incorporating The Chordettes' intro in between choruses prompting him afterwards to quote an imaginary Ronnie Scott quip: "That was a number by The Chordettes, next a one by The Red Arrows!"

Lowther joined for a number called Short Story, he maybe 80 year old but it certainly doesn't show in his playing. He doesn't shoot for the moon, he never did, never needed to. Like Miles and Chet he can say it all within a couple of octaves and, unlike Mornington, the Jazz Police will never accuse him of speeding in a built up jazz area.

His lyricism came to the fore in a rather beautiful feature - It Never Entered my Mind. Richard Rodgers wrote it, Miles recorded it and Henry (on flugel) did them proud.

Joe Henderson's Serenity, driven on by Mark Fletcher and steadied by Gascoyne also had an excellent solo by Gareth Williams who had been doing just that from the get go.

Time for a Mornington ballad feature. You Don't Know What Love is proved that he can be a very soulful player as well as a technical tearaway.  

The stream was taken out with Cape Verdean Blues.

The Horace Silver samba caused them to overrun their time but I wasn't complaining and nor, I guess, were those in the club and they had a second set to look forward to. Lance

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