Gerald Beckett leads this quintet and sextet session which features his flute in a program of inspired jazz tunes. Each selection swings with a balance of hard bop and blues.
FluteVibes features the leader with vibraphonist Erik von Buchau in a quiet affair that settles down gracefully. Walking bass, block chords, and ride cymbal propel the front line as both flute and vibraphone stretch out with a free hand. I Remember Bill features Beckett's bass flute and C flute along with Damien Masterson's harmonica in a tender ballad performance that comes from deep within. Both artists shine with a satisfying tone.
Blue Gene features Beckett's alto flute and C flute along with Masterson in a slow blues that oozes with passion. Here, both artists give us a full helping. Bassist Aaron Germain adds a unique solo spot that drives the message home. For "Coral Keys, Beckett employs his whole arsenal of flutes: C flute, alto flute, bass flute, and piccolo. The lively Latin piece lets each instrumental voice color with serene feelings while congas and a stellar rhythm section provide spirit.
Beckett's recommended second Summit album soars with magic vibrations that pique the senses.
Track Listing: The Soothsayer; Fami-Lee; Bimbe Blue; Broken Wing; Pamela
Personnel: Gerald Beckett: flutes; Graham Bruce: flugelhorn; Steve Heckman: tenor saxophone; Max Perkoff: trombone; Damien Masterson: harmonica; Khalil Doak-Anthony: electric guitar; Dave Bell: acoustic guitar; Erik von Buchau: vibraphone; David Ufolf: piano; Aaron Germain: bass; Niels Myrner: drums; Antonio Davidson-Gomez: percussion.
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.