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JD Allen: "...art 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! --

Postage

13,822 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1239 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 18).

From This Moment On ...

October

Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 18: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

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: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
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: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Saturday, October 09, 2021

Album review: Secret Sessions - HOOP

Tom Walsh (trumpet, flugel, keys); Nichol Thomson (trombone, keys, vocoder); Paul Booth (tenor sax, bass clarinet); Chris Allard (guitar); Laurence Cottle (elec bass); Ian Thomas (drums) + Steve Hamilton (keys tk 1); Miles Bould (perc tk 2); Ross Stanley (Hammond B3 tk 3).

The Secret Sessions project is Paul Booth's ongoing brainchild and Hoop is the second after last year's Fragile Eagle. The idea was to round-up a group of like-minded musicians to record together without giving them any advance information, other than the instrumentation,  as to who the others would be until they actually arrived.

It may seem, on the face of it, a flying by the seat of your pants idea and in a sense it is. However, Booth's familiarity with each individual's capabilities - their strengths and weaknesses (what weaknesses?!) - made it a safe bet that, just as the musicians on the first album did, they would gel.

And they did!

Walsh, Thomson, Allard and Booth each brought two charts to the table resulting in the diversity of music that Booth sought and, as such he must have surely been delighted.

Walsh describes it as an album of synth-tinged fusion - everything from powerful horn-led prog rock elements all the way through to gutsy, soulful ballad and blues playing. His own forceful yet melodic trumpet playing is just one of the many highlights. Booth, as always, is in scintillating form. Thomson gets the kind of trombone sound that used to burst majestically from the Kenton band. Indeed if Kenton had been around 50 years later then Thomson would have been his first call for the trombone section. Allard provides the funkier element fusing the jazz and the rock into one effective whole.

A cooking rhythm section and a few guests dotted around made for a successful project - bring on number 3!

The album is out on Nov. 5 on Ubuntu Music - UBU0092 and there's an album launch at the Spice of Life on Nov. 21 as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival. Lance

Sinterval (1); Silo (2); Good, Bad Fortune (1); Erin (3); Boz Pity (4); Cultus Lake (4); Ocean Mirage (3); Stop Telling us What to do (2).

1: Comp. Paul Booth. 2: Comp. Nichol Thomson. 3: Comp. Chris Allard. 4: Tom Walsh.

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