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George "Big Nick" Nicholas: "This band [George Adams-Don Pullen Quartet] is a bitch on roller skates, baby. They'll run you over if you ain't ready" (JazzTimes April, 2022)

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

14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Album review; Nishla Smith - Friends With Monsters

Nishla Smith (voice); Aaron Wood (trumpet/flugel); Richard Jones (piano); Joshua Cavanagh-Brierley (bass); Johnny Hunter (drums)

When a singer is listed as voice as opposed to vocals you know in advance that this isn't going to be a frothy frolic through the GASbook but a deep and dark journey into unfamiliar territory although Rodgers  and Hammerstein do sneak in with It Might as Well be Spring.

Apart from the aforementioned number from State Fair, all compositions are by Nishla - music and lyrics - and they make for compelling listening although it did take me two or three plays to get totally into them but it was well worth the effort and made me realise how unfortunate it was that her recent gig at Bobiks had to be cancelled. 

The voice is soft and sensuous, drawing the listener into the emotions expressed making it almost a personal experience.

Aaron Wood offers contrast with meaningful solos as does Jones on piano - listen to Jones and Wood on the title track. JCB is his ever dependable self on bass linking up well with Johnny Hunter who is not entirely unknown on Tyneside appearing regularly in a variety of settings - usually with John Pope.

The album comes with a booklet that contains the lyrics of the originals which is a big help towards analysing the words and looking for inner meanings - as one does. 

Well worth checking out. To be released by Whirlwind Recordings on Friday (Nov.12) Lance

Twilight; Friends With Monsters; Julian; Midnight; Home; Starlight; 3.A.M; It Might as Well be Spring; I Want to Make You Happy; Dawn; Up.

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