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Sean Jones: "There were like three people in church who couldn't sing or play an instrument. We thought there was something wrong with them." (DownBeat July 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:"Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"


14362 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 581 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (June 26).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 27: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 28: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Sid White.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm. CANCELLED!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 30: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 30: Lights Out By Nine @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 30: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.


Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Swing Manouche @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm (doors). £20.00.
Fri 01: 1920s Speakeasy w live jazz @ The Exchange, North Shields. 8:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Fri 01: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Blind Pig Blues Club. 8:00pm.

Sat 02: Hot Fingers @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Steve Glendinning: Latin jazz. £25.00. Enrol at:
Sat 02: Talk: Storytelling & jazz as an expression of urban life @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:45pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sat 02: The Commandments + On Parole @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Geordie Jazz Man @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Screening of Abi Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.
Sat 02: The Delta Prophets Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Swing Manouche @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Swung Eight & King Bees @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Swing dance + ace Chicago blues band.
Sat 02: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Patrick Cromb @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs. @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Saturday, April 09, 2022

Album review: The Gil Evans Orchestra Live at Fabrik – Hamburg 1986

Lew Soloff, Shunzo Ono, Miles Evans (trumpets); John Clark (French horn); Dave Taylor (trombone); David Bargeron (trombone/ tuba); Chris Hunter, Bill Evans, Howard Johnson (reeds); Gil Evans (leader/ elec. piano); Pete Levin (synth); Hiram Bullock (guitar); Mark Egan (bass guitar); Victor Lewis (drums); Marilyn Mazur (perc.); Delmar Brown (vocals & synth).

This is a previously unreleased 2 CD (or 3 LP) “live” recording of the Gil Evans Orchestra from October 26, 1986 held at ‘The Fabrik’ venue as part of the eleventh Hamburg Jazz Festival. It showcases Evans’ talent as a bandleader/arranger extraordinaire (and electric piano player) in the third and final phase of his career as a star in the jazz world. We’re lucky that a German broadcaster brought its microphones to record this event at a great location where the ambiance was good and where guest players like Victor Lewis and Marilyn Mazur had been added to an already formidable line-up.

Gil’s Orchestra was of course, like no other – unconventional, challenging to play in and to listen to, unpredictable, extraordinary and unique, lacking discipline and yet disciplined, with just a look or a pointed finger from the maestro to direct operations. The ensemble consisted of people who didn’t ordinarily play together (but who wanted to play for Gil). Musical tension was created by players in different styles and by the juxtaposition of various musical differences. Gil loved “the teetering on the edge” feeling that was the band’s ‘modus operandi’.

The music is as different as is possible to be from the superbly crafted arrangements prepared for the Claude Thornhill Orchestra or ‘The Birth of the Cool’ band or the Davis/Evans collaborations (Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, Sketches Of Spain) where Gil would sometimes agonise for days about the placing of a note in the score. Here, we have the free-flowing, Jimi Hendrix-influenced, collective improvisations, huge sonic performances dominated by synths and electronic instruments, some neat section play, and ‘free’ solos with the building and  release of tension throughout. Gil was fascinated by unusual sounds and many are included here – Bullock’s plangent guitar sound adds to his lustrous choice of chords, Levin’s synthesiser can provide backdrops which would normally need at least twelve conventional instruments. Soloff’s lead trumpet – Gillespie influenced but well into free and rock styles.

Many of the band’s usual repertoire are included here – Tony William’s There Comes a Time morphs into Zawinul’s Birdland. Hendrix’s Stone Free, Up from the Skies, Little Wing, and Voodoo Chile. Levin’s Subway, Delmar Brown’s extraordinary feature Sometimes and Gil’s own Orgone (previously known as Gone or Gone, Gone, Gone). Tracks range from 8 mins to 23 mins in length.

Some critics castigated Gil saying these extended pieces were self-indulgent, the solos were too long, the intros interminable. They missed the point of this spectacular, spontaneous, unpredictable, dumbfounding group where wild tumults of sound contrasted with “washes of music” to assail the listener’s ear. The very essence of jazz “The Sound of Surprise”. Dave Brownlow

The Gil Evans Orchestra Live At Fabrik NDR Kulture D77101

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