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Gerald Beckett

Gerald, born in Beaumont, Texas, started playing alto saxophone at the age of 11. As a freshman at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas he switched to playing the flute. During his years as an undergraduate at UNT he played with various local bands. Mindful of how unpredictable making a living as a musician could be, he studied business and received his BBA in Administrative Management. It wasn't until moving to San Francisco in 1985 that he began immersing himself in the jazz scene. He started listening to various flutists, from Eric Dolphy, Frank Wess, Herbie Mann, Hubert Laws, to Dave Valentin, Paul Horn, and others

Mood

Label: Pear Orchard Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Down Low; Spirit Song; Doom; John Neely–Beautiful People; Club Raven; Waterfalls; Shacktown; Minor Funk; Ode To Ray Wood.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gerald Beckett: Mood

Read "Mood" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Flautist, bandleader and composer Gerald Beckett picks up on Mood where he left off from 2017's Oblivion (Summit), a stellar collection of songs by Miles Davis, Ellis Marsalis, Astor Piazzolla, Gerry Mulligan and other great jazz composers. Beckett wrote several new originals for his new Mood, including personal remembrances of hometown haunts such as “Club Raven" ...

Places in Space, in Time

Read "Places in Space, in Time" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Abraham Inc. Together We Stand Table Pounding Music 2019 “Ever since I formed Klezmer Madness! in the mid 1990's I've been exploring the possibilities of adding funk, jazz, and lately hip-hop influences to klezmer," explains David Krakauer, an expert clarinet voice in jazz, klezmer and classical ...

Oblivion

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: So What; Davito; Swinging at the Haven; Nem Um Talvez; Blues #2; Eva; Bernie’s Tune; Oblivion; Out of this World.

The Messenger

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: The Messenger; Anticlimax; Little Brown House; Idle Moments; Lupe's Ride; Bittersweet; Sunset Place; Mr Softee; Tempus Fugit; Sularin's Dogma; Searching the Unknown; The Messenger (Reprise).

Standard Flute

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Why Wait; Arietis; When We Were One; After the Morning; Caminhos Cruzados; A Luta Continua; On a Misty Night; Entre Nous; Wild Flower; Father; Melancholia.

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Jazz Flute Summit

Flute Vibes

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: The Soothsayer; Fami-Lee; Bimbe Blue; Broken Wing; Pamela

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gerald Beckett: Flute Vibes

Read "Flute Vibes" reviewed by Jim Santella

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 ...


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