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JD Allen: " in itself is now a luxury that you need a lot of finances to do." - (DownBeat October 2021)

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! --


13,806 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1223 of them this year alone and, so far, 50 this month (Oct. 13).

From This Moment On ...


Fri 15: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 15: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm..
Fri 15: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 15: House of the Black Gardenia @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 16: Women Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Julija Jacenaite: Improvarium..
Sat 16: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ St Mary's Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm..
Sat 16: Triptych @ Sage Gateshead. 7:45pm. Trio with live visuals by Lisa Delarny. .
Sat 16: Rendezvous Jazz @ Memorial Hall, Ponteland. 8:00pm. Guest Ian Wynne (piano)..

Sun 17: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 17: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club. 1:00pm.
Sun 17: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Unitarian Church, Newcastle. 1:30pm.
Sun 17: Vula Viel @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Saturday, October 02, 2021

Album review: Lauren Bush - Dream Away

Lauren Bush (vocals); Liam Dunachie (piano); Conor Chapman (bass); David Ingamells (drums) + Miguel Gorodi (trumpet on 4 tks); Fliss Gorst (tenor sax on 1 tk).

Lauren Bush's second album (I reviewed the first here) is yet another fine vocal album in a year that has been incredibly blessed with fine vocal albums. That Lauren Bush shows in such class surrounds isn't surprising when you remember that the Canadian born, London based vocalist was a top 5 finalist in the 2016 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition which is generally regarded as the top jazz vocal competition in the world.

Lauren also stepped in as a reviewer for BSH early last year which shed a light on her skill with words as demonstrated on the beautiful Blackfriars. Lyric by Lauren Bush music by Fliss Gorst who also blows nice tenor on the track.

Until I reviewed Live by Chris Corea's Akoustic Band a couple of days go,  I was unfamiliar with Chick's composition You're Everything. Now here it is again and this version loses nothing by comparision. Indeed, getting down to the nitty-gritty, I think Bush just manages to edge Mrs Corea's vocal out of the money.

In a Mellow Tone is another gem with some meaningful scatting to enhance her interpretation and Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most didn't hang me up at all - it was very much the most!

Keep it to Yourself - words and music by Geoff Gascoyne and Bob Dorough - swings like nobody's business.

Hopelessly Devoted to You didn't quite cut it for me. Impeccably sung and, jazzwise streets ahead of the hit version by Olivia but not quite as catchy.

Four of the ten tracks have trumpet solos by Miguel Gorodi who is one of the best around. Dunachie not only arranged all of the songs but contributed some telling piano solos and intros ably supported by Chaplin and Ingamells - the latter also chipping in with some key moments of his own.

Lauren Bush's home town of Nanaimo, British Columbia it turns out is also Diana Krall's home town. Perhaps all aspiring singers should spend some time in Nanaimo - there must be something in the air... Lance

Available Oct. 15. Album launch at Pizza Express Oct. 19


You Stepped Out of a Dream; Dream Away; If This Isn't Love; The Shadow of Your Smile; Keep it to Yourself; Blackfriars; You're Everything; In a Mellow Tone; Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most; Hopelessly Devoted to You.

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