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Bebop Spoken There

Art Blakey: "You [Bobby Watson] don't want to play too long, because you don't know they're clapping because they're glad you finished!" - (JazzTimes, Nov. 2019)..

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!"


15848 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 855 of them this year alone and, so far, 53 this month (Sept. 18).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 23: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Tanfield Railway, Gateshead. 2:00-4:00pm. Free. A '1940s Weekend' event.
Sat 23: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn. 3:30-5:30pm. Free.
Sat 23: Andrew Porritt & Keith Barrett @ Cullercoats Watch House, Front St., Cullercoats NE30 4QB. 7:00pm.
Sat 23: Michael Woods @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig. Country blues.

Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 24: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.

Mon 25: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 25: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 7:00pm.

Tue 26: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 28: Alice Grace Quartet @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 28: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm. All welcome.
Thu 28: Faye MacCalman + Snape/Sankey @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 28: Zoe Rahman @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 28: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Speakeasy @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A Southpaw Dance Company presentation. Dance, audio-visuals, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, swing dancers etc.
Thu 28: Mick Cantwell Band @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Ace blues band.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Album review: Simon Belelty - Pee Wee

Simon Belelty (guitar); Kirk Lightsey (piano); Asaf Yuria (sop/tenor sax); Josh Evans (trumpet); Jason Brown (drums - John Betsch on tks 3,4); Giles Naturel (bass - Darryl Hall on tks 3,4).

I said we had another Kirk Lightsey album coming up and, yes, this it albeit not under his name. That accolade goes to guitarist Belelty who has put together a superb band that plays in the post hard bop style that I love. Apart from Lightsey the others are new names to me but ones I'll certainly be keeping an eye open for and not least because of the leader himself who has the mellow sound I love to hear from a jazz guitar. No distortion, wah-wahs or fuzz boxes just that lovely, mainly single string approach.

Of course Lightsey is no passenger - when is he ever? Without over asserting himself he is alway there popping up with tantalisingly brief insertions or lengthier solos such as in Shorter's Witch Hunt

Vincent Youmans' classic, More Than You Know features him in a lengthy exploration of the verse before bringing in Yuria to state the theme. The others lay out and this is one of those classic duets that sometimes happen in jazz but don't always succeed - this one does, does it not! 

Thad Jones' Lady Luck is one of those catchy heads that the  Basie alumni so often came up with and this one is a pippin. It was originally recorded by Thad on trumpet with brothers Hank and Elvin on piano and drums respectively. This band do the Jones' boys proud.

More Shorter on United and fine solos from the leader, piano, trumpet and tenor.

First time round, I listened in bed anticipating that, as so oftens on these occasions, I would drift off into the arms of Morpheus imagining I was drinking martinis (shaken not stirred) with a defrosted blonde in Birdland listening to, say, this very band. However, dreams don't always work out as you expect. After the disc spun to a close I was still some distance from the Land of Nod trying to remember the name of the final number which, eventually turned out to be Jay Livingston's Never Let me Go. Now I could sleep although I'd missed out on most of the daylight saving time's extra hour in bed! Check this one out on JOJO RECORDS - Lance

Habiba; 415 Central Park West; Pee Wee; Witch Hunt; More Than you Know; Lady Luck; United; Never Let me go.

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