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Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 2023)

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!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Album Review: Sidney Jacobs - If I Were Your Woman

Sidney Jacobs (vocals/keys/perc); Gene Coye (drums); Solomon Dorsey (elec/acoustic bass); Josh Johnson (alto sax/flute); Chris Lawrence (trumpet); Josh Nelson (piano/keys); Greg Poree (acoustic guitar); Nolan Shaheed (trumpet/flugelhorn); Joakim Toftgard (trombone); Rickey Woodard (tenor sax); Munyungo Jackson (perc); Ron Feuer (keys)

First I made an appointment with the optician so that I could read the very small print on the purple and blue CD cardboard cover. I jest of course, but like many CD covers nowadays, it caused me eye strain. After listening to the album I decided that it should have been reviewed by Steve T as it is much closer to soul music than jazz, but needs must. Sidney Jacobs has a rich baritone voice and puts the songs across well, but I'm no expert on the soul style which isn't really to my taste.

The more jazz-like elements of the album were in the solos from keyboards, trumpet, trombone and sax on various tracks.

Full marks to Mr Jacobs for trying something new, which was to sing songs usually done by women or songs which are identified with women. I'm not sure that the aim was fulfilled, especially in a song such as I Feel Pretty, but whatever, we get some superb singing, with lots of backing singers as well. The form of the album is inventive too, as songs are interspersed with short instrumental passages, soundscapes such as the opening We All, multi-layered vocals and instruments which invoke memories that Jacobs recalled from
hearing the Islamic call to prayer in Thailand. The themes of this opening music re-appear throughout the album.

So we get six soundscapes which are original plus standards, pop and R&B songs. I'll simply describe the songs by quoting from the information supplied: 'the music has a syncopated poly-rhythmic feel underlying richly constructed harmonies'.

This is Jacobs’ second album. Our singer grew up in a musical household in Los Angeles, sang from being young and began writing music aged 14. He studied classical vocals at university, then worked as a psychologist, before taking up music again from 2018, when he sang with the chart-topping group The 5th Dimension, who are a band which crosses musical boundaries. He also pursues a solo career.

The album is available on all digital platforms. LINK Ann Alex

We All; On a Clear Day; Facts; Weave The Tale; Stay Up; Like a Star; Know; I Feel Pretty; I'm Coming Back; Until You Come Back To Me; Human Typography; Been So Long; Light; A Little Bit; If I Were Your Woman; Conversations With Mom 

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