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 love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.