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Bebop Spoken There

Charles Lloyd: "I'm raring to go out to play, because I know I'll find something to explain the inexplicable." (DownBeat August 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

14454 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 732 of them this year alone and, so far, 30 this month (August 11).

From This Moment On ...

August

Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 16: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 18: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 18: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 18: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. 7:00pm. Free (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Dan Johnson (sax); Josh Bentham (sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass)

Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Harry Keeble Duo + Northern Monkey Brass Band. £15.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Fri 19: Mo Scott @ The Millstone, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Scott w Gary Dunn, Neil Harland & Paul Smith.

Sat 20: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Riviera Effect + Alter Ego + Graham Hardy Quartet + Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie + Ivo Neame Quartet. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sat 20: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 21 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 21: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Lindsay Hannon & Alan Law + Knats + David Gray’s Flextet + Ben Gilbert Trio + Emma Rawicz. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sun 21: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Friday, April 08, 2022

Album review: Dave McMurray - Grateful Deadication

Dave McMurray (tenor/baritone sax/keys/perc.); Ibrahim Jones, Don Was (bass); Jeff Canady, Jay Lane (drums); Wayne Gerard, Greg Leisz, Bob Weir (guitars); Larry Fratangelo, Sowanda Keito (perc.); Luis Resto (piano); Maurice O’Neal (keys), Betty LaVette (vocals).

I don’t know how many jazzers are also Deadheads, several I imagine. Despite being nominally a rock group the Grateful Dead, rooted in folk and blues, also incorporated every other type of American music (soul, jazz, funk, country, modern classical, electronic) into their grooves and whatever they came up with was always a platform for endless improvisation in any case. 

This album by Dave McMurray is a fitting, I nearly said tribute, but it feels more than that and more than a simple covers album as well. Having the sax as the main lead removes the need for anyone to play the Jerry Garcia lead guitar role but still leaves Ibrahim Jones with the duty to carry the bass duties showing how crucial Phil Lesh was to the feel of the Dead.

McMurray has taken songs from across the full Dead lifespan, from the early Dark Star, The Eleven, and Loser to the late ‘hit’ in Touch of Grey and proves again the breadth of the Dead’s music.  He shows his audacity in taking on Dark Star, the Deadhead’s iconic, holy, sacred ‘text’ but he pulls it off with aplomb, rolling into it the same way that the Dead would, building over the bass line, almost sneaking the melody in as if trying to disguise what it is for as long as possible. This is classic Dead and McMurray alludes to the attraction that the group’s melodic and rhythmic complexity had for him and that drew him to making this album. He says that he ‘looks for songs that have magic in them’. Well, he’s found them here.

McMurray is in full voice throughout and, to a great extent, this is a classic Blue Note blowing session. Now we need to start a campaign to get Radio 2 to realise that the version of Eyes of the World that graces this album should be part of the perfect summer soundtrack. (Rather than endless Electric Light Orchestra).

I hadn’t heard of Dave McMurray before and wasn’t too excited when I did find bits by him on the net, but he’s really raised his game for this one. This album was available for buttons on the big river around Christmas time and is available from all the usual outlets.

There is a cracking video HERE on YouTube of Dave McMurray and band taking on Fire On The Mountain and Dave McMurray’s website is HERE - 
Dave Sayer

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