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Bebop Spoken There

Raymond Chandler: “ I was walking the floor and listening to Khatchaturian working in a tractor factory. He called it a violin concerto. I called it a loose fan belt and the hell with it ". The Long Goodbye, Penguin 1959.

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!"

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.

Postage

16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...

April

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 18: NONUNONU @ Elder Beer Café, Chillingham Road, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 18: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. + bf. Support act TBC.
Thu 18: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band night with Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Donna Hewitt (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 19: Cia Tomasso @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. ‘Cia Tomasso sings Billie Holiday’. 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: Tweed River Jazz Band @ The Radio Rooms, Berwick. 7:00pm (doors). £5.00.
Fri 19: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Levitation Orchestra + Nauta @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £11.00.
Fri 19: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.

Sat 20: Record Store Day…at a store near you!
Sat 20: Bright Street Band @ Washington Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Swing dance taster session (6:30pm) followed by Bright Street Big Band (7:30pm). £12.00.
Sat 20: Michael Woods @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Acoustic blues.
Sat 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ St Andrew’s Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. a drink on arrival).

Sun 21: Jamie Toms Quartet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Holy Grale, Durham. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: The Jazz Defenders @ Cluny 2. Doors 6:00pm. £15.00.
Sun 21: Edgar Rubenis @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blues & ragtime guitar.
Sun 21: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Art Themen with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. +bf. JNE. SOLD OUT!

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30-3:30pm. £12.00. ‘St George’s Day Afternoon Tea’. Gig with ‘Lashings of Victoria Sponge Cake, along with sandwiches & scones’.
Tue 23: Jalen Ngonda @ Newcastle University Students’ Union. POSTPONED!

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: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Album review: Jean Toussaint Allstar 6tet – Live at The Jazz Café (Lyte Records)

Jean Toussaint (tenor sax); Dennis Rollins (trombone); Byron Wallen (trumpet); Andrew McCormack (piano); Daniel Casimir (bass); Williams Cumberbatch Perez (percussion); Shaney Forbes (drums)

This is a strange one. I noticed it on its release in 2019 and added it to my ‘git list’ of albums to look out for. Then it disappeared and turned up again online at a silly price on the big river. Then, on my last visit to that big fancy London a couple of months back, it was up for £12 in Ray’s Jazz in Foyles. A quick flash of plastic and it was in the bag. Then I was prompted by an e-mail from them at Sage Gateshead to flash the plastic again and book for Toussaint’s visit there on November 26 so I thought I’d give it another whirl and pass on my thoughts.

The first thing that strikes me about the album is the supporting cast that Toussaint has assembled around him. Rollins, Wallen and McCormack are all established bandleaders in their own right with some great albums to their names. Casimir is a star of the current young London scene and has played on a number of albums by the leading lights of that scene as well as recording under his own name. Shaney Forbes is, of course, the drummer in Empirical, another fine outfit. Only Perez’s name was new to me.

It’s an album of high quality bebop, as you might expect from someone with Toussaint’s history, both as a member of the latter day Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, in his group Nazaire and under his own name. Despite working in a genre that had its high watermark in the 1960s this is not an historical recreation. All the songs buzz with life and they all get a good working over and are allowed to breathe and develop.  There are 7 tunes across 2 CDs ranging between nine and nineteen minutes long. It was recorded at the Jazz Café when Toussaint was promoting his album Brother Ray which was tribute to Ray Charles, (reviewed by Lance Here ) though only 3 of the tunes are from that album, namely Amabo, Doc and Major Changes.

As you would expect, it’s a lovely, joyous, full, swinging sound when the seven musicians (Toussaint AND the 6tet) are in full flow.  There are moments of subtlety too, especially during Doc’s series of solos when each steps up in turn (metaphorically for the pianist and drummer) and the others support them, building back up to a fuller sound though even, that, on Doc is muted.

This is a good, but not great album. It has one foot in the past and one eye on the future, which I appreciate may require a level of contortionism beyond me. If you have bebop in your address this will be right up your street. It even closes with Bobby Timmons’ Moanin’.

Toussaint is at Sage Gateshead on November 26 to promote his new album Jean Toussaint: Songs for Sisters Brothers and others and his band will include: Jonathan Gee - piano, Mutale Chashi - bass, and Shaney Forbes – drums. Dave Sayer

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