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Farewell Blues

A quiet month so far...

Bebop Spoken There

Joe Daley: "We [Daley & Sam Rivers] did an entire tour, and nothing was discussed other than what time was dinner" - (JazzTimes Sept. 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!

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

Postage

14644 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 922 of them this year alone and, so far, 21 this month (Oct.6).

From This Moment On ...

October

Fri 07: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 07: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 07: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 07: Hannabiell & the Midnight Blue Collective + Knats @ Dance City, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £15.00. (£12.50. student).
Fri 07: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm. 'Celebrating Oscar'.
Fri 07: Mick Cantwell Quartet @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 07: Anth Purdy @ Waterford Arms, Seaton Sluice. 8:00pm.
Fri 07: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 8:30pm.

Sat 8 Oct, Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Buck Inn, Thornton Watlass, Ripon HG4 4AH. 12.20pm. NOTE SATURDAY GIG AS OPPOSED TO REGULAR SUNDAY GIG. COACH FROM WHITLEY BAY NOW SOLD OUT!
Sat 08: Paul Skerritt w Danny Miller Big Band @ Westovian Theatre, South Shields. 7:30pm.
Sat 08: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. Maureen Hall's monthly residency one week later than usual.

Sun 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 09: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Sun 09: Chip Wickham @ The Cluny, Newcastle.
Sun 09: Blue Jazz Quartet w Rivkala @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 10: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 10: Central Bar Quintet plays Blue Train @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. Concert performance + jam session. £5.00 (free admission to sitters-in).

Tue 11: Dean Stockdale Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm.

Wed 12: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 12: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 12: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 12: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 13: Hypothetical: Works Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 13: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 13: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 13: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. The Mark Toomey Quartet with Mark Toomey (alto sax) Jeremy McMurray (piano) Peter Ayton (bass) Paul Smith (drums).

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Album review: Alex Webb w. Jo Harrop, Carroll Thompson, Luca Manning & Tony Momrelle - British Standard Time

Jo Harrop, Carroll Thompson, Luca Manning, Tony Momrelle (vocals); Alex Webb (piano, organ, arr. MD); Tony Kofi (soprano, alto, baritone sax); Leo Richardson (tenor sax, flute); Andy Davies (trumpet, flugel); Nat Cross (trombone); Ciyo Brown/Jamie McCredie (guitar); Flo Moore (bass); Sophie Alloway (drums).

The title is magical - it says it all. British Standard Time. Time to listen to some British standards sung impeccably by four of the best interpreters of classic songs irrespective of which side of the Atlantic they were conceived.

In this case the material covers several decades ranging from Harry Woods' Try a Little Tenderness (1932), Noel Coward's Mad About the Boy from the same year and Ray Noble's The Very Thought of You (1934) to numbers associated with Paul Weller, Amy Winehouse and others. Thompson mainly handles the older standards, Harrop the more contemporary ones with Manning and Momrelle also leaning in the latter direction although Momrelle's take on The Very Thought of You is comparable with many of the classic versions from way back.

All four singers make their mark each stamping their individual take and helped along the way by Webb's classy arrangements and some punchy solos from the horns - all are on fire. Webb, incidentally, also composed two of the tunes himself - Breakfast For Two and Moments. Both sung beautifully and effectively, the former by Thompson and the latter by Harrop.

Absolutely perfect for your Xmas party, your NYE bash, your well er your anything!

Available on Spotify and elsewhere.

Luv it! Lance

HarropI Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For; Man in the Station/Don't Want to Know; Moments; As Long as he Needs me; Love is a Losing Game; Almost Blue.
ThompsonLullaby of Birdland; Try a Little Tenderness; Breakfast For Two; Mad About the Boy.
Manning: Let's Slip Away; Human: You Do Something to me.
MomrelleGive me the Night; The Very Thought of You.

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