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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 ...

When Sunny Gets Blue: Spring ’68 Sessions

Label: Turtle Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Come Back To Me; Dr Feelgood; Gentle Rain; He Loves Me; Peel Me A Grape; Sunny; Telephone Song; Goin’ Out Of My Head; When Sunny Gets Blue; Bewitched; What Kind Of Fool Am I; Blame It On My Youth; On A Clear Day. Bonus Tracks (Gordon Beck Trio): Bewitched; My Ship; Make Someone Happy.

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

Label: Turtle Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: CD 1: Gordon Beck Trio 1964-1966: Speak Low; Time After Time; Virgo; Airegin; 1968: Miss T. Flying; Sincerity; Suite Number One; And Still She Is With Me; Motifs. Gordon Beck Septet, 1972: Reaching For The Stars And Further Still; Prelude / Tying Up The Loose Ends; Whoops! CD 2: Gordon Beck Trio aka MOB, 1975 / 1976: Little D; The Curtain; Was That The Way It Was?; Headin’ On Out; Gordon Beck solo,1976: Suite: Bits & Pieces; MOB, Undated (Mid 70s): Untitled Improvisation (Including Blue In Green). CD 3: Gordon Beck Solo, 1976: Box You Fight Him He Cry Out; Thoughts; Good Times Sometimes; Here Comes The Mallet Man. Gordon Beck Quartet + Frank Ricotti, 1984: November Song; Romantic It Isn’t; Lady V; The Quick Brown Fox. Gordon Beck Quartet, Undated : Untitled 1; Untitled 2.

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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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