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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, January 04, 2022

Album review: Lennie Tristano - Personal Recordings 1946-1970 (disc 1/6)

Lennie Tristano (piano); Billy Bauer (guitar); Arnold Fishkin (bass).

Imagine you're a kid being let loose in a sweetshop or, in this case, a Lennie Tristano fan finding himself faced with a boxed set of six previously unheard live, privately recorded, albums by the maestro - shangri-la - or so it may seem!

The kid may end up with tummy ache whilst the Tristano fan may decide that, like good wine, it should be savoured, rolled around the palate and sipped delicately rather than necked like a pint down at the local boozer,

So, with this is in mind, I've decided to deal with each disc of the album's three double CDs individually.

Disc one dates from 1946/47 and wasn't very well recorded. Imagine the sound of an old vinyl album you found in a junk shop that sounds as though someone's frying eggs in the background and you're getting close. However, if you're able to attune your ears to  the music or if you've got a sooper-dooper system that can minimise the background noises you must surely realise that, with the exception of Bud Powell, Tristano was way ahead of any of his contemporaries when it came to modern jazz piano - and not just as a pianist but as a composer (all 15 tracks are originals). 

Bauer too indicates his status as a trailblazing guitarist whose work with Tristano has possibly yet to be fully acknowledged.

Disc 2/6 - tomorrow. Lance.

PS: Apart from the music, the boxed set which is available from Mosaic/Dot Time Records comes with a 16 page glossy 11" x 11" booklet with some stunning b&w shots as well as a foreword by Lennie's daughter Carol.

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