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Bebop Spoken There

Ambrose Akinmusire: “ I am certainly always aware of what the masses are doing. And when I see too many people going one way, I'm going another way - even when I don't know what's over that way". DownBeat, March, 2024.

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.


16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Fri 08: Noel Dennis Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00. Noel Dennis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Laughlin (keyboards); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums).
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! Back on March 15.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 09: Alex Fawcett Band + Lindsay Hannon Blues Trio @ Sedgefield Parish Hall. 7:00pm. £15.00. A Sedgefield Rock & Blues Club event. Tickets:
Sat 09: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Cullercoats Watch House. 8:00pm. Donations. A Watch House renovation fundraising concert.
Sat 09: Ray Stubb’s R&B All Stars @ The Peacock, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Free. Gig in the downstairs bar.

Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 10: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Salty Dog @ The Lounge, Blyth. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Vintage Explosion @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle.
Sun 10: Fraser Fifield: Secret Path Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 10: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 11: Matthew Forster Quartet @ Yamaha Music School, Seaforth St., Blyth NE24 1AY. 1:00 - 1:45pm. £8.00. + bf.
Mon 11: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 12: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm.

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Wailing on the West Coast: Conte Candoli & Lou Levy - West Coast Wailers

Conte Candoli (trumpet); Bill Holman (tenor sax); Lou Levy (piano); Leroy Vinnegar (bass); Lawrence Marable (drums)

West coast jazz has, with the passage of time, become somewhat unfairly labelled as bland and, by inference, considered to be inferior to what was happening on America's east coast or, to be more precise, in NYC during the 1950s.

It wasn't a racial thing as has been suggested - musicians such as Wardell Gray, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Criss and Hampton Hawes were active in L.A. jamming and recording with their white counterparts. And it certainly wasn't a musical thing as musicians such as Art Pepper, Gerry Mulligan and the musicians on this album prove.

Last night, as I looked despairingly at the several crates of CDs I've received for review over the past fifteen years of BSH, most of which I'll never play again and will probably end up in a landfill site, I sought out something to sooth my savaged breast. I closed my eyes and pulled an album from one of the shelves that contain the albums that will never see a landfill site - at least not in my lifetime - and hit on this one from 1955.

It's a beaut! The brothers Candoli were something else. Pete (not present) lit up one of the Herman herds with his spectacular stratospheric trumpet work whilst Conte occupied the jazz trumpet chair with Stan Kenton and it was on Kenton's album Sketches on Standards that I first heard him when he blew a great solo on Pennies From Heaven.

Conte's front line partner in 'the West Coast Wailers', Bill Holman, another ex Kentonite, blows post-Lester tenor with Levy and the rhythm section - and of course Candoli - setting the studio on fire. The whole thing sparkles. The explosive Lover Come Back to me, the easy pace of Jordu and the ballads Lover Man and Flamingo, along with the other tracks have set me on a mission to dig out more albums from the Pacific coast - watch this space. I wish the late Dave Weisser was still with us - what a discussion we could have had...

I erroneously assumed that this record had originally been released on the Contemporary label as so many of the west coast albums were. However, it is actually on the Atlantic label. Lance

Lover Come Back to me; Comes Love; Lover Man; Pete's Alibi; Cheremoya; Jordu; Flamingo; Marcia Lee.

Ps: The whole album can be heard on YouTube.

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