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Branford Marsalis: "As ignorance often forces us to do, you make a generalisation about a musician based on one specific record or one moment in time." - (Jazzwise June 2023).

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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!"


15491 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 512 of them this year alone and, so far, 133 this month (May 31).

From This Moment On ...

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 06: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Sid White (drums).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! BACK ON JUNE 15.
Thu 08: Easington Colliery Brass Band @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 08: Faye MacCalman + Blue Dust Archive @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Dilutey Juice + Ceramic @ The Ampitheatre, Sea Road, South Shields. 7:00pm. Free. A South Tyneside Festival event.
Thu 08: Lara Jones w. Vigilance State @ Lubber Fiend, Blandford Square, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Michael Littlefield @ the Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Country blues.
Thu 08: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Castillo Nuevo @ Revolución de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 09: Emma Rawicz @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 10: Miners' Picnic @ Woodhorn, Ashington. Music inc. Northern Monkey Brass Band (3:00-3:50pm); New York Brass Band (4:00-4:55pm).
Sat 10: Front Porch Three @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. Americana, blues, jazz etc.
Sat 10: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Sun 11: WORKSHOP: Tim Richards' Jazz Piano Workshop @ JG Windows, Newcastle. Time TBC. Further details tel. 0191 232 1356.
Sun 11: Jeremy McMurray's Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Ropner Park, Stockton TS18 4EF. 2:00-4:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 11: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: Groovetrain @ Innisfree Sports & Social Club, Longbenton NE12 8TY. Doors 6:30pm. £15.00 (£7.00. under 16).
Sun 11: Jeffrey Hewer Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 12: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Friday, May 05, 2023

Stanley Clarke N’4EVER @ Cheltenham – April 30

Stanley Clarke (bass); Beka Gochiashvili (keys); Emilio Modeste (tenor sax, EWI); Jeremiah Collier (drums); Colin Cook (guitars).

This is the appearance that led to the smiling Clarke gracing the cover of this month’s Jazzwise wherein it is explained that he has assembled a group of young stars of tomorrow whose combined age only slightly surpasses his own. In the interests of age non-discrimination it’s a mighty fine aggregation with Gochiashvili and Cook probably the standouts on the night, along with Clarke, of course.

The two things that stand out on the empty stage are bass guitars and a drum kit about the size of Norwich. On sighting the latter, discussions followed about Carl Palmer needing a juggernaut to transport his kit whilst most jazz drummers would fit it in the back of an old fashioned Mini Clubman. It was a very shiny kit, though, and we guessed that, should the drummer solo it would take him about 20 minutes to get from one side to the other, if he played everything in between. But, as they say, size isn’t everything.

A spider fingered bass solo from Clarke opens Brazilian Love Song, which evolves from smooth yacht jazz into something more furious. The shockingly young-looking Modeste contributes a solo on EWI before Cook’s fleet fingered acoustic guitar solo.

An imperious, percussive bass solo features Clarke plucking and dropping strummed bombs up and down the fret board and receives loud applause for it. Collier’s solo is overlong but the quality cannot be denied.

Joe Henderson’s Black Narcissus follows. A lovely fluid piano opening leads into Modeste again, this time on tenor sax. It’s an exercise in flight and space and quiet contemplation; intricate runs intercut with some more powerful blowing. Cook follows, on electric this time, with an intricate elegant and melodic solo. Clarke contributes a scrabbling solo using the full range of the instrument’s voice and is followed by a skittering Collier solo using brushes before he switches to sticks which drops like a bomb into the previously delicate tune.

The final tune is a Chick Correa tune, No Mystery. Modeste negotiates the knotty opening melody and gives way for a bowed Clarke solo. Haunting sax gives way to a middle-eastern tinged acoustic guitar solo which leads onto an eeeeeeeeeeeeeeepic bass solo, so long that during its length children are conceived, born, grow up and have kids of their own. Obviously, it’s quite brilliant; it’s fascinating to see how much of the fretboard he can cover with, what, from where I sat, look like unnaturally long fingers. He may have a group of young guns around him but Clarke is still the Guv’nor.

The only, minor, regret is that the bass guitars stayed on their stands as Clarke, poised on his high stool, played acoustic throughout. A very minor niggle under the circumstances. Dave Sayer

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