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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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Kurt Edelhagen & His Orchestra: The Unreleased WDR Jazz Recordings 1957 - 1974

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This 3xCD collection of recordings by Kurt Edelhagen & His Orchestra is culled from over three thousand individual tracks recorded under the auspices of Cologne, Germany radio station WDR over close on twenty years. It is, as the expression goes, a curate's egg. That is to say, parts of it are excellent and parts of it ...

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The Octet Broadcasts 1969 and 1979

Label: Gearbox Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Disc One: Dreams; Forever; Merry-Go-Round. Disc Two: Chaturanga; Manhattan Variation; Vienna; Robatsch Defense; Kingside Breakthrough.

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Alan Wakeman: The Octet Broadcasts 1969 and 1979

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Despite a perception fostered by the more breathless media coverage given to the young lions who have emerged on the London scene since the mid 2010s, an identifiably British strand of jazz did not kick off when Shabaka Hutchings' Sons Of Kemet released its debut album in 2013. The groundwork was laid back in the 1950s ...

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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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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.

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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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