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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.

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Steve Oakes Quartet @ the Railway, Stockport - Oct. 5

Steve Oakes (guitar); Andrzej Barenek (keys); Ed Kainyek (tenor sax); Gavin Barras (bass); Tim Franks (drums)

One of the things I like about Steve is his choice of tunes which cover many genres. He can handle tricky Chick Corea tunes, up-tempo bop themes and tonight we heard, as the opening number, that classic blues Stolen Moments from Oliver Nelson’s iconic album Blues and the Abstract Truth. If you don’t have this record in your collection you should seek it out. Another thing about Steve that I like is although he has a box of about half a dozen effects pedals, he has the good sense to not over-use them.


Tonight's guest, Andrzej Baranek gets a great sound on his Roland keyboard, and cooked up a storm on a very up-tempo Bouncing with Bud. He also impressed me with his out of tempo intro to Body and Soul  before Ed Kainyek came in with his interpretation of Johnny Green’s famous composition.  For many years Ed played mainly alto sax but recently he seems to favour tenor and tonight he sounded better than ever on the larger horn.  He is another player that reminds me of the late great James Moody who I heard live in a pub in Reddish, Stockport about a mile from this venue. Ed has a similar big sound.


Steve must be pleased with the way things went and I must mention the excellent work by bass player Gavin Barras who I believe is as good as any bassman currently active. Tim Franks did a good job and fitted in well with what were some really challenging numbers. The final tune of the evening was one written by Steve , Celebration  and so ended a most satisfying night of modern jazz. Mike Farmer 


Stolen Moments; Sea Journey; Beautiful Love; The Water is Wide; How Deep is the Ocean?; Bouncing with Bud; La Fiesta; Straight No Chaser; Body and Soul; Turnaround;
Celebration.

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