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Art Blakey: "You [Bobby Watson] don't want to play too long, because you don't know they're clapping because they're glad you finished!" - (JazzTimes, Nov. 2019)..

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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!"


15848 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 855 of them this year alone and, so far, 53 this month (Sept. 18).

From This Moment On ...


Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 24: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.

Mon 25: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 25: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 7:00pm.

Tue 26: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 28: Alice Grace Quartet @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 28: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm. All welcome.
Thu 28: Faye MacCalman + Snape/Sankey @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 28: Zoe Rahman @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 28: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Speakeasy @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A Southpaw Dance Company presentation. Dance, audio-visuals, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, swing dancers etc.
Thu 28: Mick Cantwell Band @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Ace blues band.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 30: John Pope Quintet + Late Girl + Shapeshifters @ Bobik's, Jesmond, Newcastle.
Sat 30: Papa G's Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Thursday, March 03, 2022

Album review: Paul Booth - Forty Four

Paul Booth (tenor/soprano saxes); Alexandra Ridout (trumpet/flugel); Andrew Bain (drums); Flo Moore (electric bass).
Ross Stanley (piano/B3/Wurlitzer); Oliver Mason (guitar); David Whitford (bass); Shane Forbes (drums).

When Booth was thirty three years old he recorded Trilateral. Now, eleven years later, he returns to the numerical theme with Forty Four - even more appropriate as it's scored for a double quartet. Yes a double quartet and not to be confused with an octet. Octets rarely have two drummers, two basses and two chordal instruments.

In lesser hands this could have resulted in a hodge podge with everyone getting in each other's way and, musically speaking, falling over each other - in lesser hands!

Not so here. The drummers are as one, the double bass and the electric version offer sufficient contrast as does Mason's guitar and Stanley's assorted keyboards.

Booth displays the fire we associate with him on tenor whilst displaying a wistful lyricism on soprano. Ridout, 2016 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year award winner, proves to be the ideal foil for the leader stoking the fire to keep the temperature high and switching to flugel on, for example, the melodic Four Candles or 4 Her. Booth rightly describes her as playing with a maturity beyond her years.

With the exception of Miles' popular anthem Four all tracks were composed by Paul Booth. 

The album is due for release by Ubuntu Music. I'm not sure of the actual date but, as Paul is 44 on April 15, that may be a clue. Lance

Blues in the Square; Four Candles; Tale of Tetra; Quad Rant; 4 Her; Summer of 44; Quartal Quarantine; Four.

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