Total Pageviews

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.


16233 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Feb. 23).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024
Tue 27: Meditative Soundscapes - Improvised Music @ Earthlings - Healing Cafe, Buckingham St., Newcastle NE4 5QR. 7:00-8:30pm. Feat. Johannes Dalhuijsen, Richard Herdman, Nick Bagnall & Michael Olatunji.
Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Wind Ensemble + Big Band + Jazz Combo + R&B Band @ Boiler House, Newcastle University. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 01: Joseph Carville Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 01-Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. From 8:00pm Friday. Weekend ticket: £20.00.
Fri 01: TBC @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 01: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. £10.00. Day 1/3. Musicians Unlimited + Festival Band.

Sat 02: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £15.00.. Day 2/3. Senior bands in competition.
Sat 02: Frog & Henry @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.£10.00. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club. Superb Anglo-American band!
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: TBC. £25.00. Enrol at:
Sat 02: The Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Repas7 by Night, 7 West St, Berwick TD15 1AS, 07900 627562. Tapas Specials from 5.00pm - showtime 8.00pm.
Sat 02: Durham University Big Band @ Durham Students' Union, New Elvet, Durham. 7:30pm. £8.00.
Sat 02: Tom Remon & Laurence Harrison @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sat 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00. The band’s 25th anniversary gig!
Sat 02: John Logan @ The Dyvels, Corbridge. 8:00pm. Rat Pack-style swing.

Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £10.00.. Day 3/3. School & Youth bands in competition.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ the Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 03: Alan Law Trio plays Ahmad Jamal’s At the Pershing: But Not for Me & more @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. The music of Ahmad Jamal.
Sun 03: Alice Grace & Ben Helm @ St Francis’ Church, High Heaton, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. £12.00. (children free admission). A Children’s Society fundraiser. Two x 30 mins sets. Refreshments available, child-friendly event with participation of children encouraged!
Sun 03: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. Free (donations). Monthly workshop, all welcome (participant and/or listener).
Sun 03: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 03: ’58 Jazz Collective @ St George’s Venue, Park Road, Hartlepool. 3:30pm (refreshments from 2:30pm). £6.00.
Sun 03: Down for the Count: A Century of Swing @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:00pm.
Sun 03: SH#RP Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 03: Remy CB @ Blues & Bourbon, Nelson St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Free. Newcastle University music student Remy Coulthard Boardman.

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, Michael Mather.

Friday, October 13, 2023

Album review: Simon Spillett Big Band - Dear Tubby H

Firstly, let's put this project into perspective. This isn't one of those Ray McVay plays Sid Lawrence plays Glenn Miller albums where the music is meticulously recreated as if Glenn had miraculously resurfaced from the English Channel. No, far from it.

Although this band of top-notchers are, in a sense, recreating the music of, arguably, the UK's greatest ever jazz musician, Tubby Hayes, Spillett hasn't rehashed numbers from Tubby's own big band albums such as Tubb's Tours and 100% Proof  but, after much research, concentrated on charts that were only played on TV and BBC radio broadcasts which were never released commercially and only heard on bootleg tapes ("Psst wanna buy a rare Tubby Hayes tape? Only one in in existence yours for a monkey").

Fortunately, Spillett managed to track down these rare charts via Ian Hamer and, with the support of Pete Cater and Mark Nightingale, the music came to life and can now be heard in what is probably the most swinging British big band since well, maybe time began.

Dear Johnny B, named after former Emcee Five drummer Johnny Butts who died so tragically young (25), had been recorded by Hayes' quartet but never by his big band. Kicked off by Cater's drums there's mind-blowing solos by Mayne on alto and Fishwick on trumpet. This is but track one, I don't know if my adrenalin can cope with another eleven!

As Close as You Are is more relaxing with a nice easy, Basie-like swing. Spillett blows cool with Gavita going with the flow. Some fine basswork by Dankworth. His dad would have approved.

Take Your Partners For the Blues brings in Barnes for some biting baritone followed by Bateman on 'bone. Fishwick and Hogg swap phrases - Garnett and Allen do likewise with the band riffing away behind them.

Fish Soup, an Ian Hamer original (they don't write originals like these anymore!), has Simon Allen, Gavita and Barron  putting their cards on the table - aces all.

Star Eyes, the only standard, is far removed from the usual ballad treatment given to this tune. Taken at a tempo verging on the speed limit it features Nightingale in full flight and what an arrangement!

Soft and Supple features Barnes, Gavita and Allen. I don't know who inspired the title but I'd love to have met her!

Rumpus lives up to its name. A crazy theme with Allen and Gavita giving it one and the band making Kenton sound like Guy Lombardo.

Peace, an arrangement by Tubby of a Horace Silver tune, features Fishwick and is dedicated by Spillett to his late partner Tina May. 

Seven Steps to Heaven by an old buddy of Tubby's - Victor Feldman - has Gavita, Garnett, Barron and Cater struttin' their stuff.

Solweig eventually, has the leader swapping his conductor's baton for some lyrical blowing on tenor - nice...

Blues For Pipkins, named after Tubbs' then partner Joy Marshall - Pipkin being her middle name. Fishwick, Nightingale and Barron do the honours.

She Insulted me in Marrakech. On an album of quirky titles this one is the quirkiest of them all! It's also the belter thanks to Pete Long, Gavita and Cater's punchy drumming.

Magnificent! Well done all and, of course, Tubby Hayes. Lance

CD available from Mister PC RecordsBandcamp. Album launch on Dec. 11 @ 229 venue, Great Portland St.

Simon Spillett (MD, tenor sax); Sammy Mayne, Pete Long (alto sax, flute); Alex Garnett, Simon Allen (tenor sax, clarinet); Alan Barnes (baritone sax, bass clarinet); Nathan Bray, George Hogg, Freddie Gavita, Steve Fishwick (trumpet, flugel); Jon Stokes, Mark Nightingale, Ian Bateman (trombone); Pete North (bass trombone); Rob Barron  (piano); Alec Dankworth (bass); Pete Cater (drums)

1 comment :

ritzbird said...

Great review, and bang on ! Incredible effort by Simon, Pete and Mark, not forgetting the other musicians in the band.

Blog Archive