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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 ...


Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 21: La Malbec Orchestra @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 21: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.
Thu 21: Linsday Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 21: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, Gateshead. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 22: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Brief Encounter @ Bardon Mill Village Hall, Northumberland. 7:00pm. Tickets: £10.00. adv from 07885 303166; £12.00. on the door. Chris & Veronica Perrin improvising to a screening of the 1929 'Jazz Age' silent film Piccadilly (Dir. Ewald André Dupont).
Fri 22: Paul Edis & Graeme Wilson + Three Tsuru Origami @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 22: Crooners @ Tyne Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Abbie Finn's Finntet @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

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.

Monday, February 06, 2023

Album review: Marina Pacowski - Inner Urge.

Marina Pacowski (vocal) + (see graphic).

Born and raised in Biarritz (described in the blurb as "a lovely seaside resort in southwestern France" which makes it sound like Blackpool to those of us who aren't jet setters) Pacowski eventually made it to Los Angeles where she soon became established as both a singer and pianist on the local jazz scene.

For this, her debut album, it is her amazing vocalising that is featured. To describe the wordless flights of improvisation as mere scatting would be a grave disservice - any horn player would love to have them transcribed for their instrument to the extent that they would probably be projected into the DownBeat polls. In fact they could well do the same for Mam'selle Pacowski - listen to the vocal blast on Donna Lee.

On the more straight forward readings her delightful accent adds an additional piquancy - Dijon Mustard does the same on a hot dog, both a meeting of two continents and two cultures.

As the graphic shows, la crème de la crème of California's jazz aristocracy are, in various combinations, adding to the occasion. Joel Frahm only shows up on Joe Henderson's Inner Urge but it's a real belter only matched by Pacowski's a thousand sounds a minute solo. Up Jumped Spring has Carl Saunders on trumpet, Peter Erskine on drums and Larry Koonse or guitar and, of course, Marina goes for it keeping everyone on their toes.

East of the Sun features, along with Marina, the "G-jammers" who simply blow the roof off!

The final number, What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? (qu'est-ce que tu fais le reste de ta vie?) was a question easily answered - I'll be eagerly awaiting her next album and a UK tour. Lance

Inner Urge; Pensativa; Solar; My Foolish Heart; Donna Lee; On Green Dolphin Street; I'm Old Fashioned; Moon and Sand; East of the Sun; La Vie\En Rose; Up Jumped Spring; Taking a Chance on Love; What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? 

Available on March 10 (day after my birthday - what a present!) on Summit Records DCD807.

1 comment :

Hugh said...

Ah, but, Dijon mustard and the hot dog both probably originate from the same continent! 😉

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