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Greg Osby: “I have my own style, my own attitude, my own opinions about things. I'm not a follower". DownBeat, February, 2024.

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

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16233 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Feb. 23).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Fri 23: Mark Williams Trio @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 23: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 23: Salty Dog Trio @ The Greenhouse, Tynemouth. 7:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. adv.). CANCELLED!
Fri 23: Crooners @ The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed. 7:30pm. £30.00., £28.00.
Fri 23: Strictly Smokin' Big Band w Dennis Rollins @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Monday, November 08, 2021

Album review: Alvin Queen Trio - Night Train to Copenhagen

Calle Brickman (piano); Tobias Dall Mikkelsen (bass); Alvin Queen (drums).

A Swedish pianist, a Danish bassist and a Swiss, American born, drummer met up in a recording  studio in Elsinore in March this year and boy am I pleased that they did!

Queen was the drummer with Oscar Peterson's last trio so it probably isn't surprising that he decided to record a couple of tribute albums to the great pianist. What is surprising is that it took him so long (Peterson died in 2007). Perhaps he waited until he found the right musicians for the sessions. If that was the case then it was certainly worth the wait.

The first album: O.P. - A Tribute to Oscar Peterson was also recorded in Denmark and had Zier Romme Larsen on piano and Ida Hvid on bass. This was in 2018.

I've only heard snatches of that first album but, good as they are, Night Train to Copenhagen has the edge - not least because of the material which is drawn from two of Oscar's most well known albums, Night Train and We Get Requests.

Back in the day, Sweden was the undisputed capital of European jazz with musicians such as Lars Gullin, Bengt Hallberg and Arne Domnérus, to mention but three, recording with various Americans who were passing through. In Calle Brickman we have a pianist who is up there with them - maybe beyond. Certainly the young man puts his own stamp on the choice selection of standards, modern jazz classics, a Danish folk song and an original by producer Niels Lan Doky.

Likewise, Denmark's place in the jazz pantheon has also always been at the forefront. Many American musicians made there home there and one of the world's great bass players, the late NHOP was a one time member of the Peterson Trio. With Tobias Lan Mikkelson on bass, his legacy is in good hands.

Alvin Queen, not only holds it all together but ensures that it swings. This isn't mere lip service but something that takes Peterson's work - I won't say to a greater level as no one could do that - to a glimpse of where it might have been had he still been with us.

One thing is sure, Oscar Peterson would have been so proud of what Alvin and his two young sidemen have done with his music. Lance.


Available Nov. 19 on Stunt Records.

Have You Met Miss Jones?;Bags Groove; I Got it Bad (and That Ain't Good); Farewell Song; Quiet Nights; Days of Wine and Roses; Goodbye JD; Tranquility in the Woods; D & E; Georgia on my Mind; Night Train; C Jam Blues; People; Moten Swing; Some Other Time.

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