Bebop Spoken Here (UK)
After their 2017 recording – Songbook – and a concert at Sage Gateshead that followed soon after I couldn’t wait to hear more from this perfectly matched songwriting team and, at last, my patience has been handsomely rewarded.
Music by Broadbent, lyrics by Mancio may sound like something from the credits of a Broadway show or a Hollywood musical but this a much deeper collaboration than that. Not composed for whoever plays the lead in a stage or film production but an emotional lament/tribute to real people. Exploring the ties we weave in life: sisterly, maternal, romantic, universal. One voice, one piano, one dialogue is how the blurb describes it and that pretty much nails it.
It’s not an album that will have you boppin’ around the room, it’s one for reflection. Possibly you, the listener, will find your own personal message. Something in the words that you can relate to. I certainly did but that’s for me alone – not to share.
Needless to say, as meaningful as the words are, their poignancy wouldn’t be the same without Alan Broadbent’s music. A master of his craft and a jazz legend. It isn’t a case of one putting words to the other’s music or vice-versa – although, in the case of When You’re Gone, Georgia added a lyric to a tune Alan wrote when he was 16 years old! But, in the main, it’s two people meeting at a level of artistic fusion that only happens when …
Now, apart from Mary Lou Williams’ Zodiac Suite, I’m not into all that Jupiter aligning with Mars hocus-pocus. However, discovering that Georgia was Capricorn and Alan was Taurus I found that: Capricorn and Taurus are a harmonious match. Although Georgia and Alan are only a couple musically speaking, harmonious sums it up!
Back to reality, the manuscripts of the songs of Broadbent and Mancio are also available in a ring-backed folio*.