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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


Nucleus Live at the BBC

Label: Repertoire
Released: 2021
Track listing: Introduction: John Peel; Elastic Rock; 1916 (The Battle of Boogaloo); Orpheus; Persephone’s Jive; Twisted Track; Song for the Bearded Lady; Elastic Rock; Stonescape; Single Line; Twisted Track; 1916 (The Battle of Boogaloo); Persephone’s Jive; Never Carry Any More Than You Can Eat; Ballad of Joe Pimp; 1916 (The Battle of Boogaloo); Sun Child; Introduction: Brian Priestley; Freudian Saturday; Outro: Brian Priestley; Oasis; Introduction: Brian Priestley; Jam; 1916 (Battle of Boogaloo); Song for the Bearded Lady; We’ll Talk About It Later; Snakehips’ Dream; Song for the Bearded Lady; Elastic; Snakehips’ Dream; Snakehips’ Dream; Introduction: John Peel; Song for the Bearded Lady; Morning Call; Introduction: John Peel; Song for the Bearded Lady; Snakehips’ Dream; Crude Blues Part Two; Introduction: Don Locke; The Dream; Mayday; Belladonna; Suspension; New Life; Introduction: Peter Clayton; Sarsaparilla; Introduction: Peter Clayton; Pastoral Graffiti; Introduction: Peter Clayton; Theme 3: Rites of Man; Snakehips Etcetera; Introduction: Charles Alexander; Alive and Kicking; Rat’s Bag; Outro: Charles Alexander; Introduction: Peter Clayton; Splat; Introduction: Peter Clayton; Brain Child; Introduction: Peter Clayton; In Flagrante Delicto; Introduction: Charles Fox; Sassy (American Girl); Black Ballad (Ecce Domina); Simply This (The Human Condition); Outro: Charles Fox; Conversation with the Blues Part 1; Conversation with the Blues Part 2; Sidewalk; Introduction: Charles Fox; Easy Does It Now; Introduction: Charles Fox; The Pretty Redhead; For Miles and Miles; Dawn Choruses; Introduction: Peter Clayton; After the Rain; Introduction: Peter Clayton; You Can’t Be Serious You Must Be Joking; Outro: Peter Clayton; Introduction: Charles Fox; Symptoms of Love; She Tells Her Love; Introduction: Charles Fox; Love in Barrenness; Remorse Code; Outro: Charles Fox; Something for Mister Jelly Lord; Introduction: Ian Carr; She Tells Her Love; Introduction: Ian Carr; Bouquets Pour Ma Belle; Introduction: Charles Fox; Chiaroscuro; Introduction: Charles Fox; Midnight Oil; Introduction: Charles Fox; Awakening; Outro: Charles Fox; Dawn Choruses; Introduction: Peter Clayton; For Miles and Miles; Introduction: Peter Clayton; Easy Does It Now; Outro: Peter Clayton; Introduction: Peter Clayton; Dawn Choruses; Introduction: Ian Carr; For Miles and Miles; Open Country; Outro: Peter Clayton; Introduction: Ian Carr; Trio for Open Trumpet, EWI and Drums; Duo in B Minor for Harmon-Muted Trumpet and Bass Guitar; Quintet in A; Introduction: Ian Carr; Duo for Trumpet and Soprano Saxophone; Trio in D for Flugelhorn, Guitar and Bass Guitar; Introduction: Ian Carr; Duo in Fast Tempo for Cup-Muted Trumpet and Drums; Duo for Straight Muted Trumpet and Guitar; Duo for Open Trumpet and Tenor Saxophone; Introduction: Ian Carr; Old Heartland; Outro: Unknown Announcer; Introduction: Digby Fairweather; Uncertain Seduction; Introduction: Digby Fairweather; Full Fathom Five; Introduction: Digby Fairweather; Pandemonium; Outro: Digby Fairweather; Dawn Choruses; Introduction: Ian Carr; For Miles and Miles; You Can’t Be Serious You Must Be Joking; Easy Does It Now; Gone with the Weed; Introduction: Peter Clayton; Out of the Long Dark; Introduction: Peter Clayton; Lady Bountiful; Outro: Peter Clayton; Mutatis Mutandis; Introduction: Peter Clayton; Things Past; Introduction: Peter Clayton; You Can’t Be Serious, You Must Be Joking; Outro: Peter Clayton.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ayumi Tanaka, Alan Hawkshaw, Leslie Bricusse, Franco Cerri & New Releases

Read "Ayumi Tanaka, Alan Hawkshaw, Leslie Bricusse, Franco Cerri & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

We open with tributes to three artists that passed in the past few days, Alan Hawkshaw, Leslie Bricusse and Franco Cerri, before delving into new releases ranging from the straight-ahead hard-hitting energy of Pete Rodriguez to the sound (and silence) explorations of Ayumi Tanaka and her Trio.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...


Article: Album Review

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

Read "The Unreleased WDR Jazz Recordings 1957 - 1974" reviewed by Chris May

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 ...


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.


Article: Album Review

Alan Wakeman: The Octet Broadcasts 1969 and 1979

Read "The Octet Broadcasts 1969 and 1979" reviewed by Chris May

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 ...


Article: Album Review

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 ...


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.


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.


Article: Album Review

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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