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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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!"


15080 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 99 of them this year alone and, so far, 99 this month (Jan. 30).

From This Moment On ...


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. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibiton Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at:
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Sunday, January 08, 2023

Album review: Rodney Whitaker - Oasis, The Music of Gregg Hill

Terell Stafford (trumpet/flugel); Tim Warfield (tenor/sop sax); Bruce Barth (piano); Rodney Whitaker (bass); Dana Hall (drums) + Rockelle Fortin (vocal on 4 tks)

The phrase "hits the ground running" is much used but, there are occasions when it's the only description that seems to fit. The opening track: Betty's Tune is just such a moment as it explodes like as though you've played an already uptempo 33rpm track at 45!

The vocal is by Whitaker's daughter Rockelle who, apart from writing the lyrics, delivers a 'ball out of the park' chorus that is quite amazing! Equally so are the trumpet, soprano and piano solos that precede Hall's drum blast with all underpinned by Rodney Whitaker's superb bass work.

In the main, hard bop. Music that swings like it did back in Blakey's day but with, perhaps, more subtlety and sensitivity. Stafford is simply as good as it gets now that Fats, Clifford, Lee and Freddie are gone. Warfield, a longtime associate of Stafford, too is a player to be reckoned with and Barth, Whitaker and Hall are as close to perfection as any mortal can expect to be. Rockelle's four vocals don't do any harm either and I look forward to hearing her on an album of her own.

All of the compositions are by Gregg Hill, surely one of today's great jazz composers, and he must surely be delighted by Whitaker's arrangements and, conversely, Whitaker and the band must be equally ecstatic over the material they are working with.

If this sounds like a rave review, I'll confirm it when I come down to earth! Lance

Available on Origin Records and via usual suspects.

Betty's Tune; Puppets; Minorablia; Interlude; Sunday Afternoon; The Jazzdiddy Waltz; S'Cool Days; Blues For Gregg; Fan-O-Gram; To the Well; Oasis.

1 comment :

Lois Mummaw said...

It’s so wonderful to hear an objective voice say the same wonderful things about Gregg, his compositions, and his choice of musicians to play and arrange them that I have been saying since 2017! Lois Mummaw (Gregg’s wife and biggest fan ♥️)

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