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Bebop Spoken There

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.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Album Review: Wild Blue Herons – You & 1

Darlene Cooper (vocals); Bill Sample (piano, keyboards)

An album which was made during lockdown by this Vancouver-based husband and wife in their home studio. We get nine jazz standards, Stevie Wonder's song You and I, plus two originals, Don't Know How To Love You and Impossible Love. And a fascinating CD cover showing not herons as expected, but a couple of spotted beasts. The artwork is by Vancouver artist Joe Average and is entitled 'Unconditional Love'.

Bill Sample has been an in-demand sideman for almost 50 years and Darlene Cooper has built a reputation as a jazz singer who is also an educator, choral conductor and session musician. The CD was inspired by the great women of jazz such as Nancy Wilson and Ella Fitzgerald.

Two of the songs stood out immediately; An Older Man Is Like An Elegant Wine for it's amusing lyrics such as 'A youth I'd say is a Beaujolais, attractive and light' …..'A man is at his greatest, when he's greyin’ round the ears' …..'I'll hug him and enchant him, and then I'll decant him'.

The other standout song is the  Strayhorn classic Lush Life, a ballad about a wasted love life, sung with feeling in a rather cabaret style.

I was a bit disappointed with the rest of the album because every song sounded like a ballad and the singing was a bit too strident and dramatic for my taste. I'd have given anything to hear a bit more swing and scat on some numbers, as was done on It Had To Be You, which was a medium swing, sung with a more jaunty tone. However the voice was pleasing, with a wide vocal range, and it would have been good to hear more tone colours. The piano solos, which were plentiful, were also very melodically flowing and skilled.

The album was released last Friday November 19 everywhere. There will be a limited edition of vinyl in Spring 2022. See www.wildblueherons.com  

Ann Alex

I Wish I'd Met You; The Nearness Of You; It Had To Be You; You And I; An Older Man Is Like An Elegant Wine; Don't Know How To Love You; Impossible Love; Here's To Life; Save Your Love For Me; The Way You Look Tonight; Lush Life; I'll Be Seeing You

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