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Bebop Spoken There

Charles McPherson: “Jazz is best heard in intimate places”. (DownBeat, July, 2024).

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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

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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.

Postage

16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Nomade Swing Trio @ Café Needles Eye, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. 6:00pm. Reservations: 01670 641224.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Thu 25: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Garry Hadfield (keys); Noel Dennis (tpt); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).
Thu 25: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: Bailiwick + Sleep Suppressor + Christie/Chan @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors 6:30pm). ‘Experimental evening of jazz, punk and jazz-punk’.
Fri 26: Nomade Swing Trio @ Repas7 by Night, Berwick. 7:30pm. Free.
Fri 26: Stuart Turner @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Fri 26: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Fri 26: Bold Big Band @ Old Coal Yard, Byker, Newcastle. 9:30pm. A Newcastle Fringe Festival event.

Sat 27: BBC Proms: BBC Introducing stage @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 12 noon. Free. Line-up inc. Nu Groove (2:00pm); Abbie Finn Trio (2:50pm); Dilutey Juice (3:50pm); SwanNek (5:00pm); Rivkala (6:00pm).
Sat 27: Nomade Swing Trio @ Billy Bootlegger’s, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Mississippi Dreamboats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 27: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Sat 27: Theon Cross + Knats @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 10:00pm. £22.00. BBC Proms: BBC Introducing Stage (Sage Two). A late night gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 28: Miss Jean & the Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Fonteyn Ballroom, Dunelm House (Durham Students’ Union), Durham. 2:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Sun 28: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, Union Quay, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Nomade Swing Trio @ Red Lion, Alnmouth. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Jazz Jam Sandwich! @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 28: Jeffrey Hewer Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 28: Milne Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Mon 29: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 30: ???

Wed 31: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 31: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 31: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Double album review: Yusef Lateef - Atlantis Lullaby. The Concert Fom Avignon

Yusef Lateef (soprano/tenor sax, flute); Kenny Barron (piano); Bob Cunningham (bass); Albert "Tootie" Heath (drums). 

Another Record Store Day double album that has never previously been heard unless you were at the concert in Avignon, France on July 19, 1972. Maybe some of our readers were there but for those who weren't this will give you an idea of what you missed.

Kenny Barron's Inside Atlantis gets the show on the road with an extended tenor workout from the leader that doesn't take any prisoners - not even Trane and Rollins! Barron and Cunningham throw in their two-pennyworth (plus!) and Tootie Heath reminds us what a great loss to jazz it was when he passed just nine days ago.

Lateef thanks the audience and name-checks the band - in English. The French seem to know what he is talking about. 

Barron notches up more compositional royalties with A Flower. A piano/flute duet, it has a depth of feeling and empathy between the two players that suggest something by Ellington or Strayhorn.

Lateef's Yusef's Mood, A rocking twelve bar that lasts 17:22 minutes, has Barron in barrelhouse mode with Tootie playing New Orleans street parade style drums. I can imagine the crowd dancing in the aisles and having the time of their lives. Nor does the party stop when Yusef returns. He literally 'rocks the joint' with the audience, or is it the band?, chanting 'all night long'. Those seem like prophetic words and when it does end in a musical free-for-all I'm thinking the applause will be of similar duration and I'm not far wrong.

Tootie's Lowland Lullaby, an  Indian flute and bass duet, at 3:55, is the shortest track. It's a soporific, relaxed composition which no doubt gives the audience the chance to recharge after the exertions of the previous number.

Roy Brooks' Eboness opens with Lateef playing flute over a  jazz-rock rhythm. Eastern flavoured fluting plus some growling reminiscent of Ian Anderson but jazzier. Bassist Cunningham is the featured soloist on this track reminding me of just what a tower of strength he is.

I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (George Bassman-Ned Washington) is, in my opinion, one the greatest ballads ever written and Lateef''s tenor solo does it justice. Pure magic. Barron and Cunningham are equally bewitched as they turn the tune upside down. A saxophone masterclass to rank alongside any of the great tenor saxophone ballad performances.

The Untitled. Composed by Barron, it begins at a speed that would have a metronome popping its spring. However, after that initial burst it goes into an out of tempo dirge. As the track is 27 minutes long I figured this wouldn't last forever - French audiences wouldn't stand for it - particularly as Lateef remarks in his introduction that it looks like rain. Things begin to pick up when Tootie is let off the leash. Barron tinkles the ivories and Yusef chips in with some birdlike calls on flute.

Barron then has some reflective moments during which he merges Art Tatum with Cecil Taylor. I can understand why he didn't give the piece a more descriptive title. There is just so much going on. With five minutes to go, all hell breaks loose before the quartet gets around to some hard swinging and an explosive last few bars. Encore!, Encore! shouts the crowd and Yusef, finally remembering he is in France. replies with Merci beaucoupLance

Yusef Lateef: Atlantis Lullaby will be available on April 20 as a two-LP package and as a two-CD package on April 26. Both with glossy 16-page booklet on Elemental Music.

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