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Bebop Spoken There

Charles McPherson: “Jazz is best heard in intimate places”. (DownBeat, July, 2024).

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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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Thu 25: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Garry Hadfield (keys); Noel Dennis (tpt); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).
Thu 25: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Charles Mingus Sextet: Mingus, The Lost Album From Ronnie Scott's (disc 1 of a 3 disc CD)

Charles Mingus (bass); Jon Faddis (trumpet); Charles McPherson (alto sax); Bobby Jones (tenor sax, clarinet); John Foster (piano, vocals);  Roy Brooks  (drums, musical saw).

In August 1972, the Charles Mingus Sextet played at Ronnie Scott's for two weeks recording this live album over the  final two nights  (August 14, 15). I was fortunate in being present for one of the sessions of the run although probably not at the ones recorded here. Nevertheless, almost 50 years on the memories of that memorable night are rekindled with this 3 x CD set.

Ronnie Scott introduces the band and, for once, he doesn't tell any jokes. Perhaps, knowing the Mingus  reputation, he didn't want to chance his luck!

Although the discs aren't available to buy individually, I've opted to treat them as such as there is just so much going on to take in in one go.

Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Silk Blues appeared on previous albums with the two final words more or less reversed viz. Blue Silk. Whether that was intentional or a typo I don't know and the 30.45 mins duration leaves us none the wiser.

Jon Faddis was only 19 years of age at the time but already he was displaying the formidable technique inspired by his mentor Dizzy Gillespie. Charles McPherson had appeared on an earlier version at Monterey and he sizzles. Bobby Jones who, prior to joining Mingus two years previous, had worked in bands as diverse as Woody Herman and Jack Teagarden - he slots in to the manner born. Needless to say Mingus is a tower of strength throughout.

Noddin' Ya Head Blues is a low down dirty blues track that features pianist Foster hollerin' the blues like Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson who gets a namecheck in the lyric. Foster also plays mighty fine piano. The track runs for 19.53 mins and concludes with what is a first for BSH and probably was for Ronnie's too - a musical saw solo by drummer Brooks!

The complete album is due for release by Resonance Records on April 29 but can be pre-ordered.

I'm off now to read the de-luxe 61 page booklet that comes with the album then I'll be back to listen to the other two discs - Lance

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