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Bebop Spoken There

Delfeayo Marsalis: "Slide Hampton once told me that it's not always the person that is playing the highest or playing the fastest that's making the greatest impact." - (DownBeat March 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!"


15229 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 248 of them this year alone and, so far, 61 this month (March 20).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 20: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 20: Central Bar Quintet plays Wes Montgomery @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. Feat. Joe Steels.

Tue 21: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 21: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Jacob Egglestone (guitar); Jamie Watkins (bass guitar); Bailey Rudd (drums).

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public). Note change of venue - this week only.
Wed 22: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 4:00-6:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcasatle. From 6:30pm 'til late. Free. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Thu 23: Kerrin Tatman + John Garner & John Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Sunna Gunnlaugs & Julia Hülsmann @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm. A two-piano gig. A Sage Gateshead-JNE promotion.
Thu 23: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano.
Thu 23: Sleep Suppressor @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00., £8.00. adv. Upstairs.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Mo' Better Blues @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.
Fri 24: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Scarth Hall, Staindrop, Co. Durham. 8:00pm. £10.00.
Fri 24: Archipelago + Bulbils @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.

Sat 25: Vermont Big Band @ Walker Community Centre, Walker, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Fundraiser for Benfield Juniours Football Club. Hot food available, BYOB.
Sat 25: John Logan & Friends @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Rat Pack, Motown etc. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 26: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 26: Outlines @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion (upstairs).

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Monday, January 09, 2023

Album review: Eric Goletz - Standard-ized!

Eric Goletz (trombone, piano); Henry Heintish (guitar); Jim Ridl (piano); Brian Glassman (electric/acoustic bass/contra bass)); Marco Panascia (elec. bass on 1 tk); Steve Johns (drums); Joe Mowatt (perc.); Robin Zeh, Paul Woodiel (violins); Michael Roth, David Gold (violas); Sarah Hewitt-Roth (cello) + Don Braden (sop sax); LaJuan Carter (vocals).

It's only Jan. 9 and I'm being hit with so many albums that are right up my (52nd) Street. It's unbelievable! Perhaps the suits/skirts in their ivory towers have finally got around to taking in as to where BSH's - well mine actually - heart lies. Lydia, Holly, Ann (get well soon) and Kari are exceptions but often some of the albums received are beyond my ken. Fortunately, we have a team capable of dealing with both extreme of the jazz spectrum.

This one ain't going nowhere!

My kind of music. Great trombone playing by the leader, great arrangements, great tunes. Even that silly Nature Boy song is given a stay of execution by Carter's effective vocal. Such is her voice that the words become irrelevant to her sound. I feared she might push her luck on Summertime but it was left for Goletz to play a virtuoso trombone solo aided and abetted by equally punchy solos from piano and drums. When you hear Gershwin's composition without brother Ira's words it becomes a whole different ballgame. They were fine in the context of Porgy and Bess but, away from  the cotton fields and the jumpin' fish, the imagery is lost in a posh concert hall or a swish niterie like Crombie's old Jazz Café in Newcastle.

Carter does, however, return to do a job on Windmills of Your Mind, this girl has a great range and needs to be heard.

Braden pops up on three tracks - nice sop-saxing - and the string section saw away on a few without doing any harm but, in the main, this is Goletz's day and he seizes the moment. ERIC GOLETZ - remember the name when the next Downbeat Poll comes around. Lance

Release date Feb. 10 on Consolidated Artist Productions.

Now's the Time; Just in Time; Caravan; Nutville; Nature Boy; Train Shuffle; Jungle Juice; Mayreh; The Summer Knows; Summertime; Sugar; Windmills of Your Mind; Overjoyed; Now's the Time (outro).

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