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Gordon James Beck was born in London, England on September 16, 1935. Gordon was a self-taught musician who also studied classical piano for four years before deciding to become an aero-engineer and going to live in Canada. At the age of 24 he left the engineering world to become a professional musician and spent two months working in Monte Carlo with Tony Crombie where he met Tenor Saxophonist, Don Byas. Upon returning to England he joined the Vic Ash/Harry Klein Quartet before joining Tubby Hayes Quintet in 1962. During this time Gordon made his first appearance on record on the Tubby Hayes album, "Late Spot At Scott's", released on the Fontana record label

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Ian Carr: Torrid Zone - The Vertigo Recordings 1970-1975

Read "Torrid Zone - The Vertigo Recordings 1970-1975" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Cherry Red Records and its subsidiary labels excel in reissues; especially so with their occasional jazz-related box sets. Memorable examples include the 6-CD Jack Bruce collection, Can You Follow?, (Esoteric Recordings, 2008), Turtle Records--Pioneering British Jazz 1970-1971 (RPM, 2015) and most recently Gordon Beck—Jubilation! (Turtle Records, 2018). Now they've done it again with a painstakingly assembled ...

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Gordon Beck Quartet Featuring Joy Marshall: When Sunny Gets Blue: Spring ’68 Sessions

Read "When Sunny Gets Blue: Spring ’68 Sessions" reviewed by Roger Farbey

For British jazz fans, the late Gordon Beck probably needs no introduction. Beck was undoubtedly one of the best and most undervalued pianists the UK has produced. Joy Marshall, however, is perhaps not so well-known. Born in New York, Marshall moved to England in 1962 at the age of 25, where she resided until her tragic ...

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Gordon Beck: Jubilation! Trios, Quartets and Septets In Session 1964-1984

Read "Jubilation! Trios, Quartets and Septets In Session 1964-1984" reviewed by Roger Farbey

For this 3 CD box set, the estate of Gordon Beck, who died on 6 November 2011 aged 76, granted access to Beck's collection of analogue tapes of live and some studio performances. None of these recordings has ever been previously released. Beck was indubitably one of Britain's finest jazz pianists. He recorded on three key ...

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Kjetil Jerve / Tim Thornton / Anders Thorén: Circumstances

Read "Circumstances" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Astonishingly, this international trio--Kjetil Jerve from Norway, Tim Thornton from the UK and Anders Thorén from Sweden--had played only one concert together before they recorded the studio tracks from which the contents of this album were gleaned. That recording session lasted two hours but here has been whittled down to just under an hour's worth of ...

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Allan Holdsworth: Eidolon

Read "Eidolon" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

L'etichetta americana Manifesto Records ha curato una importante ristampa quasi integrale del materiale discografico inciso dal chitarrista inglese Allan Holdsworth e ha pubblicato un bel cofanetto di 12 CD che raccoglie il tutto, escludendo solo il disco Velvet Darkness del 1976 per esplicita volontà del chitarrista stesso che non aveva avallato la sua pubblicazione all'epoca, a ...

The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever!

Read "The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever!" reviewed by John Kelman

In a time when album sales are a challenge being mitigated, at least to some extent, by the release of deluxe editions and box sets, it's still more necessary than ever to grab potential listeners with imagery and words; the title of a box set can have, especially for those less than intimately familiar with the ...

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Ben Crosland Quintet: The Ray Davies Songbook

Read "The Ray Davies Songbook" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Given the number of hit songs Ray Davies has written over his years fronting The Kinks, it's astonishing that nothing like this CD has ever seen the light of a laser. There have been a myriad of Beatles tunes set to jazzy interpretations plus jazz covers of the music of other 1960s rock stars including Jimi ...

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Michael Gibbs and the NDR Big Band: Play a Bill Frisell Set List / In My View

Read "Michael Gibbs and the NDR Big Band: Play a Bill Frisell Set List / In My View" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Michael Gibbs è stato un protagonista del jazz britannico di fine anni sessanta/inizio settanta, ma il suo brillante esordio come orchestratore non ha avuto i riconoscimenti che meritava. Il suo primo disco Michael Gibbs e il successivo Tanglewood 63 sono opere ricche d'immaginazione, che seguono di poco le sperimentazioni elettriche di Don Ellis e anticipano di ...

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Ian Carr: Belladonna

Read "Ian Carr: Belladonna" reviewed by John Kelman

Ian Carr Belladonna Vertigo 1972 Today's Rediscovery? British trumpeter Ian Carr's Belladonna, a gem of an album that's also the coming out party for soon-to-be-legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth. A album I'd not heard in the decade since I wrote the retrospective Ian Carr And Nucleus: '70s British Jazz Rock ...


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