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Bebop Spoken There

Delfeayo Marsalis: "Slide Hampton once told me that it's not always the person that is playing the highest or playing the fastest that's making the greatest impact." - (DownBeat March 2023).

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!"


15229 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 248 of them this year alone and, so far, 61 this month (March 20).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 20: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 20: Central Bar Quintet plays Wes Montgomery @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. Feat. Joe Steels.

Tue 21: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 21: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Jacob Egglestone (guitar); Jamie Watkins (bass guitar); Bailey Rudd (drums).

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public). Note change of venue - this week only.
Wed 22: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 4:00-6:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcasatle. From 6:30pm 'til late. Free. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Thu 23: Kerrin Tatman + John Garner & John Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Sunna Gunnlaugs & Julia Hülsmann @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm. A two-piano gig. A Sage Gateshead-JNE promotion.
Thu 23: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano.
Thu 23: Sleep Suppressor @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00., £8.00. adv. Upstairs.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Mo' Better Blues @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.
Fri 24: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Scarth Hall, Staindrop, Co. Durham. 8:00pm. £10.00.
Fri 24: Archipelago + Bulbils @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.

Sat 25: Vermont Big Band @ Walker Community Centre, Walker, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Fundraiser for Benfield Juniours Football Club. Hot food available, BYOB.
Sat 25: John Logan & Friends @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Rat Pack, Motown etc. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 26: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 26: Outlines @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion (upstairs).

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Friday, February 25, 2022

Album review: Cecil Taylor Unit - The Return Concert

Cecil Taylor (piano); Jimmy Lyons (alto sax); Sirone (double bass); Andrew Cyrille (drums)

The album's full title - The Complete, Legendary, Live Return Concert at The Town Hall NYC November 4, 1973 - marks the release of all the material recorded at the New York Town Hall concert almost fifty years ago. In the pre-digital age it wasn't viable to market a free jazz album running to almost two hours. Now, compressed onto a two-disc CD package, we get to hear Taylor in full, unexpurgated, vintage form. The established Cecil Taylor Unit (the CTU - Jimmy Lyons and Andrew Cyrille) was augmented for the occasion by bassist Sirone (Norris Jones).

The 'return' element of the recording points to Taylor's immersion in composing and teaching for some years until returning to the New York stage with a vengeance. The CTU was a long-established working unit, the addition of Sirone being the new element. Spring of Two Blue-J's (solo piano) and Spring of Two Blue-J's (quartet), spanning some thirty eight minutes, are the known tracks, now we get to hear the rest of it, all eighty eight minutes of it! Uncompromising, fearless, virtuosic. Taylor dazzles, the percussive drive relentless. Jimmy Lyons, Taylor's most frequent collaborator, hangs onto his bop leanings although, as the compositions develop, he plays every bit as 'free' as the CTU's leader.        

The then newcomer, Sirone, deftly navigates his way through Taylor's turbulent musical landscape alongside percussionist Andrew Cyrille (the sole surviving member from the November evening in '73) who knew what was required and duly delivered. For those unfamiliar with Cecil Taylor's work, the length of some of the numbers - Autumn Parade clocking up one hour and twenty eight minutes - could be a bit of a stretch. However, patience and listening closely should/will bring its rewards.      
The Complete, Legendary, Live Return Concert at The Town Hall NYC November 4, 1973 (catalogue no. OD-8) is available from revived Oblivion Records (the label has been more or less dormant since the mid seventies). A 24-page, LP-size booklet contains some fascinating facsimiles of documents from the time including a Town Hall concert programme and handwritten notes on the original master recording tapes. See: 

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