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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).

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Adrian Cox: South of the Border - Oct. 18

Adrian Cox (clarinet, vocals); Simon Picton (guitar, banjo, vocals)

Preacher Adrian Cox took his Sunday Service on the road today, assisted in his missionary work by the Reverend Simon Picton. Our duo headed south, it would be quite a journey. Toulouse Lautrec their base, Cox entrusted Picton to come up with a set list and offer guidance on pronunciation. A mere nine tunes today as Cox more or less finished on time, 'time' being two o'clock. 

Paul Edis Trio @ Gosforth Civic Theatre - Oct. 17

Paul Edis (piano); Andy Champion (double bass); Russ Morgan (drums)

(Photos courtesy of Jerry E)

A full house, an album launch, the return of the Paul Edis Trio. Each element is something to shout about, but to achieve these things in the midst of a pandemic is a major achievement. Gosforth Civic Theatre's Covid-secure premises is another example of how things can - and should - be done. As the house lights dimmed it struck your reviewer that it had been something like nine months, perhaps more, since we had heard pianist Paul Edis for real, in person, performing in front of a real, live audience. 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

The Charts

1: Frank Sinatra - The Things We Didn't do This Summer.

2: Jon Hendricks - Socially Distanced Call.

3: Louis Armstrong - Not a Wonderful World.

4: Sting - Don't Stand so Close to me.

5: Tony Bennett - I Left my Mask in San Francisco.

6: Ella Fitzgerald - Every Time we Text Goodbye.

7: Peggy Lee - (You give me) Covid.

8: Duke Ellington - I Got it Bad and That Ain't Good.

9: Thelonious Monk - Mask Me Now.

10:Various - Teach me Tonight (online).

The Hooch, it's the business!

BSH readers familiar with Hoochie Coochie up on Pilgrim Street should get themselves down to Newcastle Quayside to check out Warren Thompson's new place on the corner of Broad Chare and Quayside. The Hooch occupies a prime site across the road from the Law Courts with panoramic views across the Tyne to Sage Gateshead and Baltic.

TERRY DAY ARCHIVES COMPOSITIONS, IMPROVISATIONS, SONGS, LYRICS & POETRY

(Press release)

‘Aside from music, you are improvising everyday in your life... When you paint a picture, after a while the picture starts to create itself. 


It was the same when I came to improvise... I never to this day discussed, put any parameter in the music I make with another musician... When you are improvising you are creating, you are throwing all the structures out.’ (Terry Day)

For Terry’s 80th birthday today, the 17th of October 2020, Unpredictable Series and Cafe Oto are releasing 20 albums of Terry Day’s Archives on Otoroku. The celebration also includes six of Terry’s solo albums, which will be available on Bandcamp.

Diehl, Harriott & Hutchings on the airwaves (Saturday, Oct. 17)

Cécile McLorin Salvant's one-time pianist Aaron Diehl plays a set on today's edition of J to Z (Radio 3, 5:00pm), over on Radio 4 at 6:15 cover star of November's issue of Jazzwise magazine Shabaka Hutchings is a guest on Loose Ends and, back on Radio 3 at midnight, Corey Mwamba's Freeness includes an archive tape of Joe Harriott

Russell

Friday, October 16, 2020

Album review: Julia Wereup - The Thrill of Loving You

Julia Wereup (vocals); Sven-Erik Lundeqvist (piano); Johnny Åman (bass); Thomas Blachman (drums)

Swedish-born, Danish-based Wereup is a Scandinavian songbird with an original, hard to define style that is so laid-back you could go away and make a cup of tea in between phrases without missing a syllable.

Gloomy Sunday is exactly that. Once known as "The Suicide Song" it is not misnamed, she makes the Billie Holiday version sound like Happy Birthday!

John Garner live streaming from the Lit & Phil - Oct. 16

John Garner (violin)

Today's Lit and Phil live stream concert wasn't jazz but it was John Garner. Violinist Garner turned up one night at the old Jazz Cafe looking to sit-in at the fortnightly jam session. That was two or three years ago and what a revelation it proved to be! Since then the softly spoken Garner has gone on to work with Paul Edis (Ushaw Ensemble and in a duo with the pianist) and form his own small jazz combo with the wonderful moniker Charkie Parlour. 

But The Band Plays On - Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival Set To Go Ahead

(Press release)

With live music currently caught between the pincers of a global pandemic and an economic recession, the outlook for independent promoters and venues has never been worse. But one festival in Birmingham decided to take a stand rather than simply accept its fate.

That’s why, from the 16th-25th October, the Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival is set to go ahead with a special Covid-safe edition. Normally staged during July, for the 36th consecutive year the festival will bring its nearly entirely free programme of live jazz and blues to the bars, squares, shopping centres and libraries of Birmingham and Sandwell.

Top keyboardist reveals what lies Between the Lines

(Press release)

Scottish pianist and keyboards player Steve Hamilton has used the enforced inactivity of lockdown to record his first solo album, Between the Lines, with friends including guitar virtuoso, Martin Taylor MBE dropping by to guest on selected tracks.

The album’s release coincides with a period of recuperation for Hamilton following surgery to remove his right kidney after a tumour was found during a CT scan for another problem that has since cleared up.

“I went into hospital on September 25th and had the kidney removed along with the tumour and hopefully any traces of it from my body,” he says. “It seems we found it early enough to hope for a clear outcome moving forward.”

Soweto Kinch live streaming from Ronnie Scott's - Oct. 15

Soweto Kinch (alto sax, tenor sax, Apple Mac, iPad); Nick Jurd (double bass) 

Is it premature to call Soweto Kinch a 'national treasure'? Of course it is! Hopefully SK would recoil at the very prospect of such a moniker, now or at any time in the future. One thing is for certain, Soweto is a superb musician in addition to knowing where it's at. Tonight, in the company of regular bassist Nick Jurd, alto and  tenor  saxophonist Kinch put on a tremendous display. 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Preview: Clare Teal Trio @ Petworth Festival - October 29

Clare Teal (vocals); Jason Rebello (piano); Simon Little (bass); Ben Reynolds (drums).

£4.99 - the sale of the century! However, don't jump on the bus and ask for a return to Petworth - chances are the driver won't know where it is either! Fortunately, the combination of modern technology and Cov means you don't even have to step out of your front door to enjoy the vocal mastery of Ms. Teal.

JAZZFUEL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ MUSICIAN SURVEY

(Press release)

“55% of jazz musicians surveyed said they had no live performances scheduled for 2021”

A Jazzfuel survey of 266 professional jazz musicians around the world highlights the difficulties faced by this industry not just in 2020, but going forwards. 

Among other takeaways, the results highlighted the scale of lost concerts and income this year, as well as the knock-on effects of this on plans for releasing new music. 

With more than 20% of all shows involving cross-border travels, the situation shows no sign of improving in the short term, with overall optimism for the industry in the next 12 months down to 4.2 out of 10.

Big Band Bash - Oct. 14

Coastal Sound Radio's Big Band Bash programme attracts an international audience. Now in its second year, Steve Walker's weekly celebration of all things big band goes from strength to strength. Last night's edition included many familiar names and a few new ones. 

Big band leader and trumpeter Walker is certainly well-connected with frequent on-air plugs for his show from the likes of LA based Tom Garling, Gordon Goodwin and Andy Martin, John Fedchock in New York and, closer to home, Laurence Cottle. Walker wished Dusko Goykovic a happy 89th birthday and played the trumpeter's Haze on the Danube as performed with the NDR Radio Orchestra. 

Tune In to Sara's In Tune Home Session

Today's edition of In Tune features a Home Session by vocalist Sara Dowling. A review of Dowling's Two Sides of Sara featured in the 2018 pages of BSH with our Editor including it in his top three British vocal albums of that year, and last year the Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club regular won Best Vocalist in the British Jazz Awards. Tune to Radio 3 at five o'clock today (Thursday) to hear Sara perform a Home Session for the long-running In Tune drive-time programme. 

Russell

The Matt Mackellar Story - so far ... Part 3 of 3.

BSH: And so to Berklee. You set your sights on winning a place at the prestigious American institution. Tell us about the application process? Where did you audition - here in Britain or in the US?

Matt: The whole process actually only took place over a few months. I applied at the beginning of 2017 on the Berklee website, having wanted to apply for a few years before that. There were a few hoops to jump through in order to convert my school results into the American style grading system. After waiting for a couple of weeks from submitting my application, I was informed that I had been selected for an audition and interview. Berklee auditions occur all around the world, so luckily the farthest I had to travel was London. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The new jazz clubbing scene

I've got this new chat up line for when I go to a jazz club - or any other club/pub. When the girl on the door says "Can I have your phone number?" quick as a flash I reply and say, "Sure, can I have yours?"

This gets varied responses: a) she gives me the number of the pub/club; b) she yawns - she's heard it all before; c) and this is the 100-1 outsider, she flutters her eyelids and says it's xxxxx xxx xxx.

Bingo! 

You enjoy the gig, these guys have never played better - you float home on a cloud.

The next day, you ring, you meet, and when you do meet, face to face, it mutually dawns that both of you were wearing masks when you first met!

"Must go, socially distancing you know (I'll try the Folk Club tomorrow)". 

"Yes me too, I've got some shopping to do".

Lance

Early...with Jools

It was early one mornin', walkin' through Central Arcade. Yes, it was early one mornin'...Popular entertainer Jools Holland is usually to be found late night on BBC 2 introducing a studio full of musicians. At the crack of dawn today, Mr H appeared outside JG Windows in Central Arcade, Newcastle. It was, of course, a 'virtual', old school cardboard cut-out of the man promoting a well-known make of keyboard. The real Jools Holland will return to Tyneside next year to fulfill two rescheduled concert appearances at Newcastle City Hall on December 1st and 2nd. 

Russell

The Matt Mackellar Story - so far... Part 2 of 3.

BSH: That's your recent history. What's the story of your earlier days? Why did you choose drums? Who were your tutors? 

Matt: I had always been exposed to good music thanks to my Dad. He was always interested in the more complex side of popular music, which led me to have an appreciation for the likes of everything from Steely Dan to Jamiroquai. The first instrument I actually picked up was the guitar. I had a little toy guitar and microphone that I would use to perform songs I had learned in my church when I was very young. At around the age of 5 or 6, I started to become fascinated by the drums in church. I would always go up to the kit at the end of the service and want to have a little play. 

Deon Krishnan was really the one to first encourage me and see that I had some natural rhythm at a young age. I have an enduring memory of him teaching me my first beat on the kit and it sort of being a eureka moment. From then on my curiosity about the drums just kept growing. My parents took the decision to nurture this curiosity and invest in some lessons for me. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Album review: The Michael O'Neill Quartet - and then it rained.

Michael O'Neill (saxes/clarinet); Michael Bluestein (piano); Dan Feiszli (bass); Jason Lewis (drums).

Michael O'Neill seems to have spent most of his life hanging out in San Francisco's Bay Area spending 13 years at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay and another 7 at Centrella on the coast which, despite having released 4 previous albums, explains why he is relatively unknown up here in the North East of England. Having said that, no doubt our local big hitters aren't exactly household names on the Barbary Coast either. Perhaps, when the current pandemic returns to from whence it came the survivors could arrange an exchange system?

Should such an unlikely miracle occur then this band would deserve to be in the vanguard,

Jazz Violin Practice Class Review

Recently I have been thinking about how my passion for jazz started. I remember as a young child being entranced by the fabulous sounds of what I now know was the Count Basie Orchestra with Sinatra. The other lasting memory is of the marvellous Stephane Grappelli seemingly magically swinging his way through the Great American Songbook. 

The Matt Mackellar Story - so far ... Part 1 of 3

BSH: Hi Matt. We trust you are well in these strange times. For obvious reasons it's been a while since you've gigged on the Tyneside jazz scene or anywhere else for that matter! Where were you in March when lockdown was applied? Where are you now and what are you up to?   

Matt: Hi guys, thanks for reaching out and thank you to everyone who has been in touch to check up on me and ask about my situation. When lockdown was announced I was still in the US after completing the first half of my 6th semester. On the 13th of March it was announced that after the Spring Break scheduled for the following week, school would not resume in person and a transfer would be made to an online remote learning program. We were unsure at first what the best plan of action would be, but when the border closure started to be announced we decided the best move would be for me to return home as soon as I could, which I did. I arrived back in the UK the day after lockdown began and finished my semester online in the first week of May. Since then I’ve continued to practice, record projects with my colleagues from college, and discover as much new music as I can while I have the time. As well as working on my musical ventures, I’ve been trying to keep fit and active as well as spending time with family while I’m here.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Single review: Monocled Man - Bernabe Jurado

Rory Simmons (trumpet/keys/electronics & processing); Chris Montague (guitar); Jon Scott drums).

The 12" diameter piece of vinyl is becoming a more and more frequent visitor to my Dansette, much to the delight of some and the horror of others. A rarer specimen is the 7" 45rpm beast formerly known as an EP (extended play).

CDs with a short playing time are often referred to as an EP, but aren't actually the real deal - and nor is this one which is, in effect, a single like what we had back in the old days when Ronnie Scott was bailing out The Beatles on Lady Madonna.

An A side (Sero Max for Joan Vollmer) and a B side (The Raw, Mineral Blue).

Let's hear it for the girls!

As the saying goes, behind every man there's a woman - and vice versa but we won't go into that!

So many of the great modern jazz musicians had powerful women  keeping them on track and, helping then get back on the rails when they messed up.

Laurie Pepper's support of the great alto sax player Art Pepper is well documented in both Art's autobiography and Laurie's own memoir.

Financial help for North East theatres

A total of 58 theatres in the North East will receive help from the Government's Culture Recovery Fund.

The funding will help organisations to cope with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic by creating work and performances, as well as a plan for reopening.

A total of £257m has been awarded across the country today, including North East venues such as ARC in Stockton and Newcastle Live Theatre and the city's Jazz Coop.

Well it's not all doom and gloom!

Lance

Sunday, October 11, 2020

From Bratislava to NYC and onto Chicago

Bratislava Hot Serenaders live streaming from Bratislava - Oct 11

A ticketed live stream from Bratislava presented one or two challenging pre-performance moments. Would there be a Facebook reminder? What was the time difference? What did UTC + 01 mean? Did BST come into the calculation? There would be much fiddling and searching for an all important access code...

A Handful of Gongs

The Queen's Birthday Honours List hasn't exactly done the jazz world many favours this time round. In fact the only out and out jazzer is Roy Williams who can now proudly dangle an MBE badge on the end of his trombone slide. Sadly, because of his reportedly failing health, that probably won't happen. Nevertheless, we send Roy our congratulations and wish him well.

Film preview: "Ronnie's"


If you profess to be a jazz fan and haven't been to Ronnie Scott's at least once in your lifetime  then your street cred is questionable and if you have been only once then your cred is open to even further investigation as Ronnie's isn't a one off drop in place unless you're from the Antipodes or maybe Mars and even then the chances are you will be back.

It's that kind of place.

If you doubt my word then check out a new documentary that's about to premiere on Friday Oct. 23 on the Everyman Cinema circuit - God and Boris permitting.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

More from Ronnie's.

A collage of shots taken by Ken Drew watching the Jason Rebello Trio's live stream from Ronnie Scott's last Thursday (Oct. 8).

Jason Rebello (piano); Tim Thornton (bass); Jeremy Stacey (drums).

Nice one Ken.

Lance

Album review: Paul Edis Trio - Snakes and Ladders

Paul Edis (piano, Fender Rhodes); Andy Champion (double bass); Russ Morgan (drums)

Snakes and Ladders is the latest offering from Paul Edis. Composer, pianist, bandleader, London based Edis juggles several projects and this digital download album comprises eight original compositions recorded in November 2019 in the company of Andy Champion and Russ Morgan. The piano, bass, drums format places Snakes and Ladders firmly in the tradition of the straight ahead jazz piano trio.  

Gin House Blues

The Albion Gin and Ale House in Jarrow may not be a jazz venue but, as most jazz gigs are held in pubs, bars and restaurants, the message from this spoof photo taken by Patti Durham of pub boss Jess McConnell is clear. If you want to continue listening to live music get your MP on the case.

Unless you live in the constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip ... 

Lance

Friday, October 09, 2020

Preview: Born in Chicago - Sky Arts, Sunday (Oct 11)

Now that Sky Arts is available on Freeview it's worth checking the listings to see what's on. A case in point is Born in Chicago which is being screened on Sunday at 9:00pm. Directed by John Anderson, this 2013 documentary looks at a host of now famous names such as Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield and Charlie Musselwhite who went in search of the Chicago blues greats - Muddy Waters, Hubert Sumlin et al. It should be well worth watching. 

Russell    

Album review: Rick Simpson - Everything All of the Time: Kid A Revisited

Rick Simpson (piano); Tori Freestone (tenor sax/ violin - 1 tk.); James Allsopp (baritone sax); Dave Whitford (bass); Will Glaser (drums).

New territory for me. Although I'm familiar with the name - Radiohead - being a "Jazzhead" their music has somehow passed me by so there is little I can say about the original versions of the material. Probably not such a bad thing as it has enabled me to listen with a clear head without any preconceptions.

Simpson arranged the material and, as one might expect, the result is one that befits the pianist's standing.

Freestone and Allsopp have some saxual encounters that add to the excitement, particularly on Idioteque where it reaches a frenzied finale.

Album Review: San Gabriel 7 Featuring Femi Knight – Red Dress

I remarked in a previous review that the album in question lacked 'bite': the songs on this download have 'bite' in spades and more so. Seven original songs and two live performances of songs by other writers, spirited lyrics about the lives of 21st century women, written with wit, intelligence, humanity, and also memorable 'hook' lines for good measure. The musical style is towards the funky, R&B end of jazz, but the horns supply a goodly measure of jazz influence in their solos. 

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Jason Rebello Trio - Live Stream @ Ronnie's - Oct. 8

Jason Rebello (piano); Tim Thornton (bass); Jeremy Stacey (drums).

There may be better ways to spend a Thursday evening indoors although, these days, I can't think of any. No, a live stream from Ronnie's is just about as good as it gets particularly when the Jason Rebello Trio are taking centre stage.

I was, initially, a little hesitant when he announced the second number with those dreaded words "this is another composition of mine ..."

Coastal Sound's Big Band Bash - Oct. 7

Based in Skegness, Coastal Sound is a community radio station broadcasting/streaming to a worldwide audience. Last year trumpeter and big band MD Steve Walker began presenting a weekly programme devoted to all things big band. And here he is, early autumn 2020, pandemic or no pandemic, continuing to play the music of swinging ensembles, past and present.

Jazz FM Awards 2020 Nominees Announced

(Press release)


The Jazz FM Awards 2020, which were postponed earlier this year due to coronavirus restrictions, will now take place at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho on October 27th. Also announced today is the recipient of this year’s Impact Award, one of the evening’s special awards, which will be presented to multi-million-selling singer and pianist Norah Jones, and the first ever Jazz FM Awards headline sponsor in the form of foreign exchange company OANDA.

The ceremony will adhere to all government guidelines and will be a closed event that will be livestreamed on both the Jazz FM and Ronnie Scott’s Facebook pages alongside special dedicated programming on Jazz FM.

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Album review: Ella Fitzgerald - ELLA: The Lost Berlin Tapes

Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Paul Smith (piano); Wilfred
Middlebrooks (bass); Stan Levey (drums)

Two years previous (1960), Ella had played Berlin and famously forgot the words to Mack the Knife. The result was a best-selling album! Two years later she remembered the words, although she did keep the previously improvised line but didn't know which city she was in. When you're on the road I guess one place is the same as the next - Berlin today, Newcastle tomorrow. This may well have been the case as she did play Newcastle's City Hall on that tour as part of JATP.

Abbie Finn Tells it like it is

Great interview with Abbie Finn. Thanks to Patti Durham for drawing my attention to this Leeds Conservatoire item. New link

Lance

If I Were A Bell - Patchwork Jazz Orchestra

An important observation on today's world and the future of our creative arts.
Lance

CD Review: Clifton Davis with The Beegie Adair Trio – Never Can Say Goodbye

I'll simply quote from the promotional material sent with the CD "The album is lush and romantic, burnished by Davis' smooth, warm voice and Adair's laid back, virtuosic piano playing. String arrangements add to the music's dreamy sonority."

That is all so true and enjoyable and I'd put the music in the category of 'middle of the road', very fine if that is to your taste. I prefer music with rather more 'bite'. The nearest it comes to jazz is in the very competent piano solos and the very effective bass solo on Too Marvellous. Davis is a skilled singer with a warm-toned voice but he uses little improvisation, so maybe he isn't a jazz singer, although that term is open to interpretation.

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Double album review: Dexter Gordon - The Squirrel

Dexter Gordon (tenor sax); Kenny Drew (piano); Bo Stief (bass); Art Taylor (drums)

The albums they come and then they go. Some arrive, you listen and, very occasionally, listen again on the car stereo. But there are others that you play frequently and highly recommend.

However, the moment when you feel jazz blogging is all worthwhile is that rare occasion when you are placed into the position of the art critic asked to review the Mona Lisa.

It doesn't happen often, but, today I found myself in that position twice! I'll write about the second album later, after I've tired of the first which could be never!

Abbie Finn tickets going...going...almost gone!

Tickets are on sale now for the Abbie Finn Trio's album launch gig at Prohibition Bar in Newcastle. Drummer Abbie recently recorded an album with saxophonist Harry Keeble and bassist Paul Grainger at Blank Studios in Newcastle and the trio will celebrate its imminent release by playing a socially distanced gig on Thursday October 29. 

Album review: Juliet Kurtzman & Pete Malinverni - Candlelight: Love in the Time of Cholera

Juliet Kurtzman (violin); Pete Malinverni (piano).

Let's face it, an album that is sub-titled Love in the Time of Cholera doesn't quite grab you in quite the same way as, say, an album called Lady in Satin, A Kind of Blue, In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning or Songs For the Late Hours,  does.

Admittedly, cholera, like measles and gastro-enteritis may no longer, in the current climate, be headlines in The Lancet but, nonetheless, such a title isn't going to inspire you to run down to your friendly neighbourhood record store (Central Arcade, Newcastle) and say to the assistant "Have you got Cholera?" 

36TH BIRMINGHAM, SANDWELL & WESTSIDE JAZZ FESTIVAL 2020 - Oct. 16 - Oct. 25

 Some exciting gigs coming up at Birmingham.

Link.

See also...

Monday, October 05, 2020

Album review : SKELTR - Dorje


Sam Healey (alto sax, vocals, keys); Craig Hanson (drums)

A heady brew from the Manchester club scene, a duo matching acoustic sax and drums with electronica, in a swirling journey from groove jazz through dance to rap and back.  Designed and built no doubt for live club spaces, still enjoyable at home, with sub-woofer working overtime! Skeltr live up to their name,  as even though they move through some pleasing changes of gear, the overall mood is relentless and energetic. This is in keeping with the album’s name, Dorje, Tibetan for a Buddhist artifact (Healy is a devotee) based on a “battle club” of legendary hardness and invincibility. No wonder there is a palpable mood of triumphal and joyful confidence!

Gerry Richardson Quintet Live and Online @ The Globe - Oct. 4

Gerry Richardson (organ/vocals); Garry Linsley (alto sax); Rod Sinclair (guitar); Paul Smith (drums); Graham Hare (congas/perc.).

It's been a good week for the organ groovers and there's more to come.

Thursday, at Ronnie's saw James Taylor laying down a pretty high benchmark. Friday, we had Kate Westbrook's incredible  take on Wind in the Willows that featured northeast hero, the late Mike Carr, reminding us just what a great player he was and an inspiration for every one who came later.

Tonight, it was Gerry Richardson's turn in the spotlight and he opted to forsake the, heavy to hump, Hammond for the more compact Crumar. It didn't matter, Gerry had his Mojo working - what's in a name? In the right hands and feet it's all down to the player.

Sunday, October 04, 2020

Ray Shenton's Tuba

I noted in John Potts’s story that he said that Ray Shenton’s tuba was the oldest in Western Europe. Ray is my Dad and I have his tuba now (with all the old rubber bands and Gaffer tape holding it together) so he doesn’t feel tempted to have a blow and knock himself out.

I looked up the serial number on the Boosey and Hawkes website and it looks like it was made in January 1918. Dad tells me he got it from Lawrence McBriarty in about 1961, who rescued it for him from the territorial band headquarters on Barrack Road when they disbanded.

He did have another tuba before this one that was bought by Colin Hopper for £3 from a junk shop at the bottom of Westgate Road.
Mark Shenton

Adrian Cox's Sunday Service: The Music of Omer Simeon - Oct. 4

Adrian Cox (clarinet, vocals); Simon Picton (banjo, guitar)

Live streaming once again from Toulouse Lautrec, this week in the company of Simon Picton, Adrian Cox chose as his subject the great Omer Simeon. The focus upon Simeon's Clarinet à la Creole album, our duo played the music largely in track order with the occasional departure alongside one number not on the vinyl recording - an album Cox is hoping to acquire, if someone is prepared to sell!

Paul Edis & Graeme Wilson: Live Stream @ the Lit & Phil - Oct. 2

Paul Edis (piano); Graeme Wilson (sax)                                   

All original 21st century contemporary jazz written and played by local legends of the genre Paul Edis and Graeme Wilson.

Saturday, October 03, 2020

Lee Bates @ Prohibition Bar - Oct. 2

Lee Bates (guitar, vocals)

Prohibition Bar continues to show the way. In these Covid times the Pink Lane venue is in the vanguard of Newcastle's entertainment venues attempting to chart a course throught ever-changing guidelines. Tonight's gig was the latest in the Blind Pig Blues Club's series of monthly concert promotions. One of those behind the BPBC is Lee Bates and this evening the man himself took to the Covid-secure stage - a perspex screen between performer and audience.  

Toad's Washerwoman - A film by Kate and Mike Westbrook.


 This is absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Video link.

Lance

Top up with some Jazz Fuel

Check here for a subjective listing of the world's best jazz magazines.

And, whilst you're there, check out the listing of "British Jazz Blogs You Should Know About" - or go to it direct.

There's a whole lot more...

Lance

Friday, October 02, 2020

Andy Champion on Radio 3 tonight (Friday) and again tomorrow (midnight)

This year's TUSK Festival is an online affair. The pandemic did its best to scupper the annual new and experiemental music extravaganza but the promoters and partner organisation Sage Gateshead decided to move events online, lock, stock and barrel. BBC Radio 3 is onboard and, as the festival is a born and bred Tyneside institution, several artists from the region feature prominently.

Album review: Nick Malcolm & Corey Mwamba - Chat

Nick Malcolm (trumpet); Corey Mwamba (vibes)


BSH  favourites Corey Mwamba and Nick Malcolm have  played together in various ensembles and have become firm friends over the years. The pair decided that where they best connected was as a duo so after a gig in Bristol the duo decided to record this album of improvised duets with engineer Alex Bonney. 

Thursday, October 01, 2020

WE NEVER CLOSED!

Like the Windmill Theatre during WWII, Bebop Spoken Here has never closed despite the current situation.

Whilst we cannot claim to compete with the physical attributes that the famous London theatre's chorus line had,  we are proud to boast that we have kept our readers up to date with day to day listings of local jazz gigs and live streams, jazz on radio and TV as well as bringing many albums to the attention of our regular site visitors.

If you didn't read it here it probably didn't happen!

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JTQ (James Taylor Quartet) @ Ronnie Scott's - Oct. 1

James Taylor (Hammond, vocals); Mark Cox (guitar); Andrew McKinney (bass guitar); Pat Illingworth (drums).

The groove was in! No doubt about it. Just as he rocked Hoochie a couple of years back JT did the same at Ronnie's. Well, it wasn't quite the same. There's a difference between sitting at home as opposed to being close up to the stage in a club and getting the whole nine yards full on. Will we ever experience those euphoric moments again? Who knows ...?

Having said that, Taylor and co put on a good show. The leader's forearm smashes almost rendering the Hammond into submission without losing momentum. Guitar, bass and drums kept up putting their own input into the mix. 

Album review: Orlando le Fleming - Romantic Funk: The Unfamiliar

Orlando le Fleming (upright and electric bass); Philip Dizack (trumpet - all tracks except 6); Will Vinson (alto sax); Sean Wayland (keys/synths); Kush Abadey (drums - except tracks 3 & 5); Nate Wood (drums - tracks 3 & 5)

Remember the 70s?   Funk and fusion,  Jaco and Stanley Clarkesynths and electric bass to the fore, with the upright parked in the corner of the room?  Well,  this second outing for young bassist Orlando le Fleming’s Romantic Funk project, this time on the ever adventurous  Whirlwind Records seems to be his take on the heady days of Weather Report and RTFhis self-avowed homage to the “high-intensity fusion. As much as I enjoyed (and still enjoy) the classics of that era, I was wary of this album by aunfamiliar New York bass-led outfit, fearing the worst excesses of the ultimate blunt instrument! And trust me I know how to do blunt on the bass... 

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