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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.

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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.


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 ...


Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

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.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Album review: Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic Xlll - Celebrating Mingus 100

Magnus Lindgren (bari sax, bass clarinet, arr.); Georg Breinschmid (bass); Gregory Hutchinson (drums); Danny Grissett (piano); Matthias Schriefl (trumpet); Camille Bertault (vocal); Shannon Barnett (trombone); Tony Lakatos, Jakob Manz (sax).

Recorded live in Berlin's Philharmonic Concert Hall on April 13 - 9 days short of it being 100 years to the day of his birth - this rumbustious celebration of one of jazz's most important and influential innovators, Charles Mingus, does the great man proud.

Whilst it may, at times, be more in your face than the original versions on the legendary album Mingus Ah-Um it is, nevertheless, an album capable of being judged on its own merits.

Jelly Rolls is brought in by bassist and co-leader Breinschmid who came to jazz from the Vienna Philharmonic he also solos in the latter stages of the piece; his symphonic apprenticeship did him no harm whatsoever. Manz paintstrips on alto, Aussie Barnett takes the Jimmy Knepper role and Schriefl brought to mind Teddy Buckner's shift with Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band at one of the Dixieland Jubilee concerts - 1953 I think. Buckner, on parole from Lionel Hampton, was as far removed from Mutt Carey as was conceivable. Schriefl would have had the same effect.

The German trumpet player displays more technique on the quirky Fables of Faubus beginning with some growling that would have had Ellington writing a concerto for him before charging onwards and upwards.

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat introduces Camille Bertault who remembers Lester Young in French. My linguistic skills aren't that good but the word chapeaux cropped up so it must have been authentic. 

Boogie Stop Shuffle had some nice tenor from Lakatos. Piano by Grissett, one of two Americans on the gig, the other being drummer Hutchinson who, like Danny Richmond on the original was heard at length. In between, there was some blistering baritone by co-leader and arranger Lindgren. Bertault did some scatting and the crowd loved it - me too!

La Bertauld also provided some words to Mingus'  Self-Portrait in Three Colors. The additional colors being supplied by, I think, Lakatos on tenor, Lindgren on bass clarinet and more piano from Grissett.

The final number - Better Git it in Your Soul - was, as expected, an absolute belter!
Everybody got in on the act (or should that be ACT?) Baritone blowing like his influence Pepper Adams, Bertauld scatting, trumpet screaming, bass, drums, alto, trombone all in there pitching culminating with what could have been an avant-garde group playing Dixieland or vice versa!

This must have been quite a concert!

Released on CD and digi - June 24 . ACT 9955-2. Details.

PS: I realise the release date is still some way off but I was so excited about it I couldn't wait to tell the world (I'll probably flag it up again nearer the time). Lance

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