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Steve Fishwick: “I can’t get behind the attitude that new is always somehow better than old”. (Jazz Journal, April 15, 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!"

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.


16542 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 422 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 17).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 17: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 17: ‘Tower of Power’ @ The Library Bar, Saddler St., Durham . 7:30pm.Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Tue 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30pm. £13.00. ‘Jazz, Sausage ‘n’ Mash’…’with Onion Gravy’!
Tue 18: Jam Session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 18: Libby Goodridge & Ben Davies @ The Lost Wanderer, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £6.00. Triple bill, inc. Goodridge & Davies (jazz).

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 20 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle. 2:00pm. £4.00. Note new venue!
Thu 20: Karine Polwart & Dave Milligan @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm. £29.00., £23.00. Folk/jazz duo.
Thu 20: Richard Herdman & Ray Burns @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Dave Harrison (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass).

Fri 21: Alan Barnes with Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 21: Joe Steels’ Borealis @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 21: Soznak @ The Bike Garden, Nunsmoor, Newcastle NE4 5NU. 5:00-9:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Errol Linton + Michael Littlefield & Scott Taylor (King Bees) @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £20.00. Blues double bill.
Fri 21: Alan Barnes with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 21: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Alnwick Playhouse. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.
Fri 21: Mark Toomey Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 22: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 12:30-2:30pm. Free.
Sat 22: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 22: Hejira: Celebrating Joni Mitchell @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £22.50.
Sat 22: Rockin’ Turner Bros. @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Saturday, April 09, 2022

Album review: McCoy Tyner/Freddie Hubbard Quartet - Live at Fabrik

McCoy Tyner (piano); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet, flugelhorn); Avery Sharpe (bass); Louis Hayes (drums)

The Fabrik or 'Fabrik' is a venue in Hamburg with a track record of presenting jazz, 'big name' jazz concerts at that. In 1986 Freddie Hubbard joined the McCoy Tyner Trio on-stage on a mid-summer evening (June 18 to be precise). This new release on Jazzline is another in an increasingly crowded market place of recently discovered and/or recently issued, albums. Why it has taken the best part of thirty six years for Live at Fabrik to see the light of day isn't clear. It would seem this 'trio plus guest' concert is best marketed as the 'McCoy Tyner-Freddie Hubbard Quartet'.

In his liner notes Michael Laages suggests this two-disc recording shows McCoy Tyner 'at the summit of his fame' playing alongside 'the exceptional charisma of Hubbard's trumpet'. Tyner and Hubbard were in their late thirties at the time of the recording and it's fair to say they were at the the peak of their creative powers: Tyner's percussive piano playing is evident throughout and Hubbard's sustained high-C bravura trumpet playing is, to say the least, impressive. Bassist Avery Sharpe and Louis Hayes (still going strong at the age of eighty four) make telling contributions throughout the two hours plus the quartet is on stage. 

Four of the album's eight tracks were penned by Tyner, Hubbard's Neo-Terra, the longest of several long tracks, clocks-in at a mammoth 25:49, alongside three standards - Body and Soul, 'Round Midnight and What is This Thing Called Love? The quartet's take on Johnny Green's Body and Soul suggests the venue wasn't/isn't on the intimate side. Indeed, the album's overall sound balance leaves something to be desired. That said, from the opener, Tyner's Inner Glimpse, it's a fast and furious ride, the principals to the fore. Neo-Terra is Hubbard venturing into jazz-funk mode (Hayes soloing, crashing cymbals et al), the hard bop years a distant memory. 

Disc two opens with Tyner's uplifting gospel-to-calypso Island Birdie, perhaps the album's atypical cut. 'Round Midnight features Hubbard playing trumpet and flugelhorn. Monk's timeless number doesn't escape Hubbard's piercing high-C treatment. Seventeen minutes' worth of Tyner's Blues for Basie finds the quartet in swinging form, Sharpe soloing. Live at Fabrik closes with What is This Called Love?, Tyner digging into some stride, the quartet going out all guns blazing. Russell

Live at Fabrik by the McCoy Tyner/Freddie Hubbard Quartet is available on the Jazzline label.   

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