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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

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15087 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 106 of them this year alone and, so far, 4 this month (Feb. 1).

From This Moment On ...

February

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

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: Comp. Tom Walsh.

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