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Bebop Spoken There

Charles McPherson: “Jazz is best heard in intimate places”. (DownBeat, July, 2024).

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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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.


16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Album review: Scott Dunn, Claire Martin & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - I Watch You Sleep

Claire Martin (vocals); Scott Dunn (conductor, arranger, piano on 2 tks); Ryan Quigley (flugel); Rob Barron (piano); Jeremy Brown (bass); Matt Skelton (drums); The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Fourteen years ago, to the day bar one (Feb. 17), I was thrilled and delighted to witness a wonderful performance by Claire Martin and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett at, as it was then,  The Sage, now Sage Gateshead and soon to be something else!

It was a duo performance that I rate alongside, amongst others, the quartet concert by Ella and Don Abney at Newcastle's City Hall and Mel Tormé and George Shearing's gig at the Royal Festival Hall  even though that latter concert also had a bass player in tow. 

Claire and Sir Richard didn't need a bassist - the sparks that flew between them left no spaces, an intruder would have been burned.

I purchased a CD after the concert and when Sir Richard Rodney Bennett died in 2012 it provided a lasting memory of that special evening.

Now there is another memory of the great man's music and the definitive performer of his music in the form of Claire Martin.

This one goes to the opposite extreme of that magical moment with a subdued Ryan Quigley blowing flugel, an ace trio and, for good measure, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted and arranged by Scott Dunn who also chips in on piano for a couple of numbers.

Martin, husky and sensuous, gets well and truly into the material. RRB's originals were tailor-made for her and the standards come across as if they'd been written by him with Claire's interpretations turning old chestnuts such as It's Only a Paper Moon into something you're hearing for the first time. 

The standards include works by Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke, Kurt Weill, Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mandel, Johnny Mercer and Yip Harburg. Sir Richard Rodney Bennett's compositions lose nothing by being alongside such exalted company.

The album I Watch You Sleep is scheduled for release in the various formats by Stunt Records on March 24. However, I couldn't hold back my enthusiasm until then so maybe I'll repost this again next month! Lance

I Watch You Sleep; Autumn in New York; It's Only a Paper Moon; For Every Man There's a Woman/It Was Written in the Stars*; Round About; I'll Always Leave the Door a Little Open; I Wish I'd Met You; Don't Play Games With Love; Goodbye For Now; Early to Bed; I Never Went Away; Let's go Away and Live in the Country; Not Exactly Paris; My Ship; I Wonder What Became of me; It Was Written in the Stars.

*For Every Man There's a Woman/It Was Written in the Stars are ingeniously combined and sung as one number. They were originally written by Harold Arlen for the 1948 film Casbah and sung in the movie by Tony Martin (no relation to Claire).

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