The Race Is On - Gordon Beck + Two - Half A Jazz Sixpence
Label: Major Minor - MMLP22 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Mono • Country: UK • Genre: Jazz • Style: Contemporary Jazz, Cool Jazz
Communion Cup And Someones Coat (TSUKI Bootleg) - TSUKI - Sleep Where Its Quiet (File) Beck By he had become interested in jazz piano listening to George Shearing and Dave Brubeck.
Although he had studied classical piano in his last three years at grammar school he had hardly played at all since then and had not had the usual dance band and gig experience that most young musicians had experienced. He was back in England at the end of and his jazz progress was rapid.
Early in his career he had immersed himsef in the work of Bill Evans and Evans remained the major influence in his playing throughout his career. In he joined Tubby Hayes who rated him very highly and he became Tubby's first choice pianist. This did not provide full time work and Beck played with Tony Kinsey's Quintet from to plus commercial studio work, and for a time was MD to the pop singer Susan Maugham.
Formed his own trio inand worked occasionally with Harry South's big band. He met with considerable success with his trio and due to prior commitments was often unable to work with Tubby Hayes although he played in Tubby's big band whenever possible. He started to record with his own trio in and these albums proved popular enough to lead to more, although often with long periods between.
In he was with Ronnie Scott's Octet. So when the opportunity arose 'Phil called the only other pianist in Europe who could fill the chair'.
The group lasted another three and a half years and Beck was elevated to VIP status. This band was successful in Europe and America and Beck's playing was highly praised, but on a three week stay Memories Of You - Ted Heath & His Music* - The New Palladium Performances Ronnie Scott's the group made little impression, playing to relatively small audiences.
When the group ended in Beck formed his own group Gyroscope which lasted until but when that finished he was back to square one - 'thinking of packing it all in'.
A highly technical musician he needed people of similar calibre around him and inevitably he drifted back into the studios. He had been involved with Ian Carr's group Nucleusrecording with them in and In Carr wrote of him: "Gordon seems to be in a constant state of despair about the selfishness and depravity of human nature, the sickness of consumer society, the frailty of the whole economic structure of the West and it's apparent imminent collapse.
Whatever disaster might fall any man at any moment you can be sure that it will have been imagined by Gordon Beck. And yet, as soon as he starts to play the piano, he The Race Is On - Gordon Beck + Two - Half A Jazz Sixpence the lie to his own gloom, because his playing is full of joy - is, in fact, a celebration of being alive.
The brilliant and unquenchable flow of ideas and the superabundant technique express nothing less than jubilation. Beck was active in jazz education during the s and s and continued to work with a trio during s and s including accompanying Helen Merrill on an occasional basis between and In the s he worked extensively The Race Is On - Gordon Beck + Two - Half A Jazz Sixpence Europe often in a duo or trio situation and became a featured musician at jazz festivals, and continued to record into the s.
In April, Turtle Records released a 3 CD set of previously unavailable recordings made in the period - which capture his various groups playing a variety of some well-known compositions plus a large number of Gordon Beck originals. The estate of Gordon Beck granted access to his own archive of analogue tape recordings which included various live performances over a 20 year period. None had been released before.
These have been included but not detailed in the listing below This has never been available commercially before Other musicians were added on various tracks. How to Succeed By Myself. The Gearbox vinyl LP was not released untilforty seven years later In Gordon was asked to record the first records under his own name for the Major Minor label. There was two commercial jazz albums Doctor Doolittle They were successful enough to enable him to do an album more to his own liking, using what had become the house trio at Ronnie Scott's - himself, Jeff Clyne and Tony Oxley It is a tour de force with Beck playing acoustic and electric piano, ring modulator, synthesizer Weve Gone Too Far - Hank Thompson And His Brazos Valley Boys - Breakin The Rules and Fender.
It did not sell well and it is almost impossible to locate a copy now Titled The French Connection it featured him on acoustic and electric piano.
The album The Race Is On - Gordon Beck + Two - Half A Jazz Sixpence not released in the UK. The quartet personnel included: Gordon Beck p,el-pAllan Holdsworth g,el-g with bass and drums.
The group was a duo and comprised: Gordon Beck p,el-pAllan Holdsworth g,el-g,voc. One titled The French Connection 2 featured him on acoustic piano, electric piano and organ. The second titled Seasons featured him on acoustic piano only. Neither album was released in the UK. It was not released in the UK. The album was titled Celebration.
The resulting CD was not released in the UK. This was apparently released on a CD but does not appear to be currently available The resulting record was not released in the UK This page was last updated during May, Any comments welcomed, please click on email below
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