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Bebop Spoken There

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!"

Postage

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 ...

June

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.

July

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: www.jazz.coop.
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.

Friday, April 01, 2022

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

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

The third disc of this must have set is as equally compelling as the other two and maybe even more thought provoking albeit not without a degree of hokum.

Fables of Faubus: Perhaps Mingus' most controversial composition, and there were many, has one of Faddis' most dynamic solos. The teenager (19) telling the world he was on his way - move over Miles, tell Dizzy the news. Not that Dizzy needed telling - he'd mentored him!

There's a lot going on apart from Faddis. The changes of tempo, Foster's probing Monkish solo, the horns and, as ever, the scored passages, the bass behind it all and occasionally moving down front to brandish the bow arco fashion. Most will remember the original from the album Mingus Ah Um but this 35 minute blast takes it above and beyond. The racial implications of the title are too well known to recount but they are given an ironic twist when Mingus plays a series of quotes from John Brown's Body, Over the Rainbow, I Wish I Was in Dixie and Camptown Races before the band chants Shortnin' Bread behind his solo. It all ends as if in the chaos of a Mississippi protest march being baton charged.

Pops (When the Saints go Marching in): A tribute to Louis Armstrong, who'd died the year previous, with vocal by Foster, Faddis holding long notes before heading off way up high,  Jones blowing clarinet and Mingus playing slap bass - remember when we used to call him Charlie? These guys knew where the music came from, where it was and where it was going. In the Dixieland style finale Roy Brooks finishes it off so effectively with idiomatic drum breaks that I almost expected him to shout "Oo yah Oo yah" à la Lennie Hastings!  

The Man Who Never Sleeps featured Faddis, introduced by Mingus as "our 11-year-old trumpet player" who duly brings it in virtuoso fashion followed by McPherson, then more Faddis - this cat really was on fire - Foster cools things down, but only slightly, how could he with the leader's bass keeping him on course. Jones plays some subtone clarinet before he picks up the pace and starts wailing. Time for the guvnor to suggest that sleep was in fact approaching although the final 45 seconds of Air Mail Special put any soporific notions aside! 

Simply tremendous! Lance

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

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