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Bebop Spoken There

Raymond Chandler: “ I was walking the floor and listening to Khatchaturian working in a tractor factory. He called it a violin concerto. I called it a loose fan belt and the hell with it ". The Long Goodbye, Penguin 1959.

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!"

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.


16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 13: Giles Strong Quartet @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00-9:00pm. £10.00.
Sat 13: Phantom Bagman + Forgetmenots @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:30pm.£5.00. + bf. Upstairs.
Sat 13: Rockin’ Turner Brothers @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Downstairs.

Sun 14: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Alan Law, Jude Murphy & Tim Johnston @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 14: JazzMain @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 15: Dave Newton @ Yamaha Music School, Seaforth St., Blyth NE24 1AY. 1:00 - 1:45pm. £8.00. + bf. Newton, solo piano.
Mon 15: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 15: Hideout @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.50 + £1.33 bf. Feat. Sleep Suppressor + Flat Moon.
Mon 15: Russ Morgan Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00.

Tue 16: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Bradley Johnston, Paul Grainger, Bailey Rudd.

Wed 17: Bailey Rudd (Minor Recital) @ The Music Studios, Haymarket Lane, Newcastle University. 11:40am. Bailey Rudd (drums). Open to the public.
Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ The Gala, Durham. 7:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 18: NONUNONU @ Elder Beer Café, Chillingham Road, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 18: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. + bf. Support act TBC.
Thu 18: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band night with Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Donna Hewitt (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 19: Cia Tomasso @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. ‘Cia Tomasso sings Billie Holiday’. 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: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Levitation Orchestra + Nauta @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £11.00.
Fri 19: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.

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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