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Bebop Spoken There

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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.
Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST! -- Holly Cooper:"Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14336 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 555 of them this year alone and, so far, 55 this month (June 19).

From This Moment On ...

June

Sat 25-Sun 26: Harambee Pasadia Festival @ The Hub, Shaw Bank, Barnard Castle DL12 8TD. www.harambeepasadiafestival.com. Line-up inc. Kevin Haynes Groupo Elegua, Hannabiell & the Midnight Blue Collective, Knats. Tickets from £20.00. adult, £10.00. teen (12-17).
Sat 25: Wild Women of Wylam @ Daniel Farm, Wylam. 7:00pm. £20.00. (inc. food).
Sat 25: Julija Jacenaite @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 26 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Outdoor (indoor if inclement weather).
Sun 26: Mississippi Dreamboats @ Springwell Village Community Venue, Gateshead. 2:30pm. A ‘1940s’ Weekend’ event (from 1:00pm).
Sun 26: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 26: Los Chichanos @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 27: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 28: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Sid White.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 30: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 30: Lights Out By Nine @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 30: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

July

Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Swing Manouche @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm (doors). £20.00.
Fri 01: 1920s Speakeasy w live jazz @ The Exchange, North Shields. 8:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Fri 01: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Blind Pig Blues Club. 8:00pm.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Vacuuming the Vinyl: Sarah Vaughan & her Trio - Swingin' Easy

Sarah Vaughan (vocals); Jimmy Jones/John Malachi (piano); Joe Benjamin/Richard Davis (bass); Roy Haynes (drums).

Listening to Alice Grace singing If I Knew Then (What I Know Now) at the Globe last Sunday prompted me to seek out the Sarah Vaughan album, Swingin' Easy, from which Alice drew her inspiration.

Sassy's album had been gathering dust (hence the heading) on the shelf for decades - for which I hang my head in shame - I should have been playing it non-stop forever (exaggeration!) it has surely got to be a contender in anyone's list of all-time great jazz vocal albums. It's up there with the Ella's, the Billie's and the Dinah Washington's.

The opening Shulie A Bop was maybe the first scat vocal that knocked me out. Great as Ella's were, listening retrospectively, they now come across as contrived unlike Sarah whose vocal improvisations still sound as fresh as tomorrow.

A choice selection of tunes and, like Sinatra - perhaps even more so - she can rephrase, move the emphasis or the timing of a lyric making it near impossible to sing a long to and, if you want to do that you're in the wrong ball park - maybe you should linga-longa somewhere else...

The backing trio are jazz royalty themselves. Jimmy Jones, one of the greatest accompanists ever, feeds Sass with the most beautiful chords ever heard back then in 1954 as does Malachi in 1957 who slots in some juicy solos. Joe Benjamin, top bassman (1954), Richard Davis (1957) maybe even more so and Roy Haynes - The Greatest!

A beautiful album. My piece of vinyl is on Emarcy EJL 1273 but no doubt it's available on CD as well as on YouTube, Spotify and various other bootleggers.

Anyone care to write about their favourite album? Lance

Shulie A  Bop; Lover Man; I Cried For you; Polka Dots and Moonbeams; All of Me; Words Can't Describe; Prelude to a Kiss; You Hit the Spot; Pennies From Heaven; If I Knew then; Body and Soul; They Can't Take that Away From me.

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