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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.


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, October 01, 2023

Album review: Joshua Redman featuring Gabrielle Cavassa - Where Are We

Joshua Redman (tenor sax); Gabrielle Cavassa (voice); Aaron Parks (piano); Joe Sanders (bass); Brian Blade (drums) + Peter Bernstein, Kurt Rosñenwinkel (guitar); Nicholas Payton (trumpet); Joel Ross (vibes).

Where Are We is aptly named, the theme of the album being various American states and cities with Redman, vocalist Cavassa, piano, bass and drums putting their own impressions down on a selection of standards and originals.  The four guests also pop up individually on single tracks.

After Minneapolis (face toward mo[u]rning) opens with an explosive cadenza from Redman which is as violent a sound as I've ever heard from him. However, the song, an original by Redman couldn't conceivably have any other intro based as it is around, although not exclusively,  the murder of George Floyd. Cavassa's vocal adds to the emotive content.

Bruce Springstein's Streets of Philadelphia features Rosenwinkel and once more Cavassa, a co-winner of the 2021 International Sarah Vaughan Jazz Vocal Competition, gets right inside the lyric as indeed she does on all her featured tracks. Redman wails as if to the Blue Note manner born.

Chicago Blues is almost a romantic ballad unlike the original versions by Jimmy Rushing and later Joe Williams. Ross' vibes add to the mood.

Baltimore has no guests and Cavassa sits this one out. Some nice bass-work from Sanders. Redman is quite lyrical in a gutsy kind of way with Parks also in that groove.

By the Time I Get to Phoenix is undoubtedly the best version ever of this tune. I came to that conclusion long before Cavassa had even reached Albuquerque.

Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans? The vocal brings Billie Holiday to mind which is no bad thing. New Orleans' native Payton adds to the authenticity and trumpet and tenor have some exciting contrapuntal moments.

The quartet travelled over a thousand (music) miles to Manhattan where they were joined by Peter Bernstein for a delightful take on the Rodgers and Hart classic.

My Heart in San Francisco (Holiday). Now that Tony has left us I guess it's open season on Bennett's signature tune. However, Redman manages to incorporate Monk's San Francisco Holiday into the mix hence the slightly different title. It all works out fine in the end.

That's New England also merges with a song by Charles Ives - Three Places in New England. Confused? Don't worry, so am I. Just sit back and enjoy.

Stars Fell on Alabama and Coltrane's Alabama offer two starkly contrasting images - lovers kissing in fields of white and black school children getting killed in a church bombing. Cavassa paints the former and the quartet the latter. 

Where Are You? Sensuous vocal, lyrical tenor, fine piano and a sympathetic rhythm section bring this beautiful and, at times, provocative album to a close. If we allocated stars this would be 10/10. Lance 

 Now available on the mighty Blue Note label - Find out more HERE.

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