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Jeff Beck

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Jeff Beck isn't your typical guitar legend. His goal, in fact, is to make you forget that he plays guitar.

"I don't understand why some people will only accept a guitar if it has an instantly recognizable guitar sound," says Beck."Finding ways to use the same guitar people have been using for 50 years to make sounds that no one has heard before is truly what gets me off. I love it when people hear my music but can't figure out what instrument I'm playing. What a cool compliment."

Beck burst onto the music scene in 1966 after joining the Yardbirds. Although his stint with the band lasted only 18 months, Beck played on almost all of the group's hits. More importantly, Beck's innovative style heard on classics like "Heart Full of Soul" and "Shapes of Things" helped influence the psychedelic sound of the "60s.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Blues Spectacular

Read "A Blues Spectacular" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


In a change from this show's usual format, this episode investigates the blues in many different forms. There are jump blues, British blues, acoustic blues, female blues singers, and much more. Artists featured on the show include Jimmy Rushing, Josh White, James Blood Ulmer, Ernie Andrews, Lil Green, and Jeff Beck. Playlist Henry Threadgill ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Didier Lockwood, Jan Hammer, Jeff Beck, Alan Holdsworth and Piere Moerlens Gong

Read "Didier Lockwood, Jan Hammer, Jeff Beck, Alan Holdsworth and Piere Moerlens Gong" reviewed by Len Davis


Didier Lockwood, Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer, Brian Bromberg plays Jimi Hendrix and drummer {Bill Bruford}} David Sancious, Pier Moerlens' Gong, Jaco Pastorius, Steve Grossman and Billy Cobham.Playlist Didier Lockwood “Fast Travel" from Live at Montreaux (MPS) 00:00 Jeff Beck Group “You Never Know" from Live at Hollywood Bowl (Eagle Vision) 09:58 Jan Hammer-Jeff ...

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Article: Album Review

Rolling Stones: Live At The Wiltern (2CD/DVD)

Read "Live At The Wiltern (2CD/DVD)" reviewed by Doug Collette


Cowed as the Rolling Stones may have been by the tragedy that was Altamont in December 1969, 'the greatest rock and roll band in the world' nevertheless came to take some risks as their career evolved in the wake of the Mick Jagger/Keith Richards rapprochement in the late Eighties. Machine-like as the operation became ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid

Read "Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid" reviewed by Jim Worsley


In memory of Dean Brown. This interview was first published at All About Jazz on April 23, 2021. From the outset, the equation was simple enough. Jazz + rock = fusion. However, whether it was Miles Davis, Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin, or any of the pioneers of fusion, the music has always been far ...

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Article: Album Review

Mary Halvorson: Cloudward

Read "Cloudward" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Guitarist, composer & raconteur Mary Halvorson could very comfortably (and rightfully) wear the sobriquet of “The Charles Mingus of Guitar" if she wanted to. But even that open-ended comparison would limit her as she outdoes herself again on Cloudward. Though it must surely be getting harder to top herself given the string of releases--the ...

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Beck Bogert & Appice Live In Japan 1973 Live In London 1974

Label: Rhino Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Superstition; Lose Myself With You; Jeff’s Boogie; Going Down; Boogie; Morning Dew; Sweet Sweet Surrender; Livin’ Alone; I’m So Proud; Lady; Black Cat Moan; Why Should I Care; Plynth / Shotgun. Satisfied; Livin’ Alone; Laughin’ Lady; Lady; Solid Lifter; Jizz Whizz; Name The Missing Word (Prayin’); (Get Ready) You’re Love Maker’s Coming Home; Superstition; Blues De Luxe / You Shook Me; (Rainbow) Boogie.

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Article: Profile

Rob Luft: Burning the Candle at Both Ends

Read "Rob Luft: Burning the Candle at Both Ends" reviewed by Peter Jones


What kind of musician gets asked to write a concerto for a 65-piece orchestra--the BBC Concert Orchestra, no less--when still in his twenties, and when he has never previously written for an orchestra? Well, somehow or other, UK guitarist Rob Luft is that kind of musician. Writing for an orchestra is something he has ...

Article: Live Review

John McLaughlin Quintet al Teatro AEGI di Hannover

Read "John McLaughlin Quintet al Teatro AEGI di Hannover" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


John McLaughlin Quintet Teatro AEGI Hannover, Germania 12.10.2023 Si è appena concluso il trionfale tour della sua band Shakti per la ricorrenza del cinquantennale (purtroppo solo 7 date in Europa, e nessuna in Italia) che il chitarrista John McLaughlin è di nuovo on the road, questa volta con un nuovo ...

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Article: Live Review

Farewell to a Behind-the-Scenes Festival Legend, Monterey Jazz Festival at 66

Read "Farewell to a Behind-the-Scenes Festival Legend, Monterey Jazz Festival at 66" reviewed by Josef Woodard


This year's model of the Monterey jazz festival, now up to its 66th annual, felt overall like one of the strongest and most balanced of the past decade. Salient highlights included a stunning African-flavored commissioned work, Isakoso Ara, from Ambrose Akinmusire--one of the proudest products of this festival over many years--along with a saucy and artful ...


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