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Bebop Spoken There

John McDonough (reviewing Bright Red Dog’s In Vivo): “When you improvise on nothing, that’s what you get”. - DownBeat August 2021

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.

Postage

13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Thursday, September 10, 2020

It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry

Thanks to Mr Anonymous for sending this clip of Bob Dylan with Wynton Marsalis..
Lance

Album review: Josephine Davies - Satori: How Can We Wake?

Josephine Davies (tenor/soprano saxes); Dave Whitford (bass); James Maddren (drums)

For once, there was no  accompanying blurb apart from the somewhat limited album notes which included a reference to one Patanjali so,  before I listened, I decided I needed to know more about Patanjali. I googled him and discovered lots of facts and myths and herbal remedies dating back to round about 400/500BCE (BC). He must have been quite a guy inventing Yoga Sutra as he reputably did.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

APPJAG winner Zoë goes to church

On Sunday (September 13) award-winning vocalist Zoë Gilby will entertain a socially distanced audience in the spacious grounds of St James' and St Basil's Church in Fenham, Newcastle. Zoë won her prestigious 'gong' at the 2019 All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group's year end awards ceremony at the Holborn Pizza Express in London. 

Album review: Allegra Levy Sings John McNeil – Lose My Number

Allegra Levy (vocal); Carmen Staaf (piano); Carmen Rothwell (bass); Colleen Clark (drums) + John McNeil (trumpet 3 tracks) Pierre Dorge (ukulele 1 track)

I hadn't heard of John McNeil before but I'm sure most other BSH readers have. He first hit the N Y jazz scene in the mid '70s, playing with the Horace Silver Quintet, Gerry Mulligan and others. This album features his tunes with lyrics by Allegra Levy. I approach original material with wariness as it sometimes takes a while to get used to new songs, but I needn't have worried.

Paul Edis: Music of Bill Evans - Sept. 8

Paul Edis (piano)

Pianist Paul Edis is a fan of Bill Evans and it often shows in his playing. Tonight's live stream focussed upon the compositions of the revered American pianist. Most, if not all, of the tunes in this one hour plus set have been performed by  Edis at some point down the years and hearing them again served to illustrate that our man from County Durham, currently exiled in London, continues to find something new in Evans' work.

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Gary Peacock (1935 - 2020)

Gary Peacock left us 4 days ago on September 4.

Regarded as being one of the most outstanding bassists in modern times his recordings with Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and Paul Bley and many others, particularly on the ECM label are legendary. Most of them are listed here on Wikipedia.

I never caught him live although his legacy is guaranteed by his extensive discography.

Gary Peacock was 85.
May he Rest In Peace.
Lance

Monday, September 07, 2020

Paul Edis in September

Welcome to September.

For the time being Paul Edis is taking a bit more time for reflection and not continuing his lunchtime concerts. However he has announced two Tuesday evening performances, both of about one hour, celebrating the music of Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk.

Paul has always acknowledged his admiration for these two (very different) musicians, and the inspiration they have given him in both his playing and his composing. Indeed, if you attended the last lunchtime concert at the Gala in Durham, this was a duet with John Garner devoted to Bill Evans' music. So we can expect the same high quality of music we experienced live then.

Here are the two links:

Remembering Ginger Baker

(Press release)

Two gigs in October featuring quite a few well known North East musicians, paying tribute to the one and only Ginger Baker - music from Cream, Blind Faith, Air Force, Billy Preston, and more of Ginger's solo work and collaborations. Saturday 17th October at Redcar Blues Club, and Saturday 24th October at Platform 1, Bedlington - both fantastic venues who are doing everything possible to promote great live music in these 'strange times'. 

Album review: Rob Barron Trio - From This Moment On.

Rob Barron (piano); Jeremy Brown (bass); Josh Morrison (drums).

Way back when, if the label read Blue Note, Prestige or Contemporary, American jazz record buyers knew they were getting the best. Over here, Vogue, Esquire and Tempo ensured British listeners didn't miss out either.

Fast forward to today and one of the labels carrying the baton and threatening to lap the field is Ubuntu Music who have produced  many outstanding albums of which this is one of the best.

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Jordon Alfonso w. The Alan Law Trio: Live Stream @ The Globe, Newcastle - Sept. 6

Jordan Alfonso (alto); Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Rob Walker (drums).

A tribute to Charlie Parker - four fine musicians putting their own take on Bird's music - made for an enjoyable 75 minutes.

No surprises in the repertoire, how could there be? The music is well known to most jazz fans although, spotting Jordan's tenor lying in waiting I thought maybe Half Nelson, one of the few numbers Parker recorded on the larger horn, may have been on the menu. It remained untouched. 

Yardbird Suite got things rolling along laying down the benchmark for a set that just seemed to get better and better as the players began to gel after their long layoff. Confirmation, Night in Tunisia and then Parker's Mood. Alan Law had been doing his job perfectly up to this point but here he improved upon perfection (if that is possible!) and played as sensitive a solo as anything I've heard from him. Not to be out done Jordan also peaked.

Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City - September 6

Jim McBriarty (clarinet, soprano sax, vocals); Brian Bennett (banjo); Paul Grainger (double bass); Fred Thompson (drums, vocals) 

The Vieux Carre Hot 4 returned to Spanish City almost exactly six months to the day before lockdown brought about an abrupt halt to live performance. A becalmed North Sea encouraged locals and visitors alike to promenade along the front, stopping off at one of numerous ice cream parlours or calling in at Spanish City to sit with a coffee or something a little stronger to listen to Brian Bennett's outfit.

Album review: Rez Abbasi - Django-shift

Rez Abbasi (guitars); Neil Alexander (organ/electronics/synths); Michael Sarin (drums).

The first time I played this I recoiled in horror!  How could they do this to the memory of Europe's most legendary jazz musician? This was the equivalent of hanging your dirty washing on somebody else's line!

Sacrilege! 

Football Fever

My apologies for straying away from music but in my home town the excitement is all about football ...

Hebburn Town at Wembley (Consett are going too!) What a fantastic final this year's FA Vase will be and, whichever team wins or loses, they've both done the northeast proud. 

Over to you Newcastle, Sunderland and Boro ... the ball's in your opponent's net (we hope!) 
Lance
PS: Maybe a chance to catch a live gig after the match.

Livestream from The Globe: Not Now Norman – September 5

Taylor Mitchell (vocals); Zander Brown (guitar); Jimmy Manningham (bass guitar); Bodhi Turnbull (drums)

This isn't a 'proper' full review as the music was most certainly not jazz. No, I'm writing this because I consider that The Globe is to be congratulated for putting on such a wide range of music. I thoroughly enjoyed this offering, which I'd decided to watch out of curiosity and also out of an urge to try all sorts of music.

Saturday, September 05, 2020

Preview: Vintage Chart Toppers on RTHK

Tomorrow (Sunday Sept. 6) Colin Aitchison presents his weekly Vintage Chart Toppers Show on RTHK: Radio 3.

On the programme, Tyneside expatriate bandleader Colin, who has led the China Coast Jazzmen at Kowloon night club Ned Kelly's Last Stand for many years, spins discs from the distant past with the occasional guest dropping virtually by for a chat.

Preview: VCH4 Spanish City Sundays

Coffee and cake? Tea and cake? Fish and chips? Champagne? VCH4? Tomorrow (Sunday) why not treat yourself to one or more of the above? The Spanish City on Whitley Bay seafront is a local landmark which reopened nearly two years ago following major refurbishment. Restored to its former glory, the Grade II listed building has attracted countless visitors lured by its architectural splendour, stunning views and a menu offering something for everyone.      

King Bees @ Prohibition Bar - September 4

Michael Littlefield (guitar, vocals); Scott Taylor (harmonica, vocals); Dominic Hornsby (piano, vocals) 

Six months! We hadn't heard these guys in six long months. King Bees hold down a residency here at Prohibition Bar and with the easing of lockdown restrictions it was time to get the best blues band in town back on stage. Social distancing guidelines determined only three fifths of the band could appear in semi-acoustic form. Audience numbers are currently limited to seventeen people, all seated, no standing at the bar. Seats bagged, a first bottle of Prohibition Bar's Pale Ale ordered (a good few more would follow), the boys would take to the stage in about ninety minutes.

Friday, September 04, 2020

Album review: Susan Tobocman - Touch & Go.

Susan Tobocman (voice); Joel Frahm (tenor/soprano sax); Dave Eggar (cello); Pete McCann (guitars); Henry Hey (piano/Rhodes); Matt Pavolka (bass); Michael Sarin (drums).

I remarked on Wichita Lineman being an unusual choice for Joe Stilgoe on last night's live stream from Ronnie's. Well, what do you know? here it is again and, not only that but it was also on the recent album by Bob Mintzer with the WDR Big Band. Further investigation and it seems to have been on more albums than Summertime - well, perhaps not quite as many but it certainly appears to have been doing the rounds.

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club to finally reopen on 19 September 2020


(Press release)
 On August 1st  the world-famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club was to throw open its doors for the first time in 137 days having been closed due the global Corona Virus pandemic.  The government had announced that indoor live music venues could re-open, but then, just a day before the first act was to take to the stage, it was to postpone its decision and the club remained closed.

Parker rarity!

You may (or may not) know that I'm a Charlie Parker "completist" so I was pleasantly surprised to hear of a 'previously unknown' session involving Charlie. So just to let you know out of interest - these are the details: The source is 'The Louis Armstrong Tapes' - apparently Louis had a large collection of cassette tapes which he had carefully listed and collated.

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