Jeff Beck Group E-Werk Cologne, Germany May 29, 2014 Sometimes a man's reputation proceeds him. Such was the case tonight, where an overflow crowd of 2,000 fans arrived early, and crammed into a steamy bunker of bricks to hear Jeff Beck's wonderous wails to the electric wind. With general admission ticket prices around an 80 buck exchange rate, it was good indication of respect. The price of admission proved to be merited, about twenty licks in. Luckily for hundreds of fans, sensational sounds were the primary pleasure, ...read more
Jeff BeckParamount TheatreDenver, ColoradoApril 15, 2011 Jazz-rock fusion originally came from the jazz side,Miles Davis and his sidemen-turned-leaders--Weather Report, Return to Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra--but a few practitioners came at it from the rock side, emphasizing the rock angle a little more than the jazz guys. Jeff Beck is one of those. Maybe rock-jazz" is a good name. Getting his start in the 1960s blues-rock scene with the Yardbirds, he went on to form the Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart on vocals and later Bob Tench as the lead singer. Even in those days ...read more
Jeff Beck's Emotion & Commotion is designed to nurture the guitarist's growing visibility of the last ten years, and may well serve that purpose, even if it only scratches the surface of his genius.
The presence of orchestration on many of these tracks is admirable for its ambition, but is not a novel concept within Beck's discography. The Beatles' producer George Martin, who worked with this idiosyncratic musician for three albums, forged some judicious arrangements on Blow by Blow (Epic, 1975), but those sparse tracks are a far cry from the grandeur of Nessun Dorma" here. A gorgeous opening, Corpus ...read more
Jeff Beck Emotion & Commotion Atco Records 2010
Of the three artists who emerged as guitar gods" on the British rock scene of the 1960s--all three coming up through the same group, The Yardbirds--Jeff Beck is, more than perennial favorites Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, the one who has taken the most risks throughout his career. They don't always work, either; on the other hand, his performance at the Ronnie Lane ARMS concert in 1983 may have been less than a resounding success, but the guitarist deserved major props for going out ...read more
Eric Clapton & Jeff Beck Madison Square Garden New York, New York February 19th, 2010
Eric Clapton was the perfect host during his appearance with Jeff Beck February 19th at Madison Square Garden. The man once likened to God could not have been more gracious had he played a more formal role of master of ceremonies. In his deference to Beck, Slowhand seemed intent on giving El Becko, his successor in The Yardbirds back in 1965, a chance to strut his stuff on one of the biggest stages in the world.
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Jeff Beck Performing This Week...Live at Ronnie Scott's Eagle Vision 2009
Not appreciably different, at least in terms of additional quantity of material, this DVD counterpart to the previously released audio CD of Jeff Beck Performing This Week... Live at Ronnie Scott's is nevertheless revelatory on its own terms. And it's not the interviews with the iconoclastic British guitarist, who comes across equally thoughtful and self- effacing (not to mention effusive in his praise of the venue, the audience and the critics) or his band that provides the insights, but the presence ...read more
Jeff BeckPerforming This Week ... Live at Ronnie Scott's Eagle Vision2009It's becoming increasingly common to release concert performances concurrently in both CD and DVD format--satisfying for those who want to experience the visuals but also appealing to fans who want the audio to be available more readily outside the confines of their living room. Yet it's often superfluous. Watching the performance once is worthwhile, but additional viewings rarely reveal a whole lot more. The audio is almost always preferable, because at the end of the day, the music's the thing. A notable ...read more