Joe Beck ‎– Beck - 1975-Jazz Fusion (vinyl)


Joe Beck ‎– Beck - 1975-Jazz Fusion (vinyl)

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Born in Philadelphia, Beck moved to Manhattan in his teens, playing six nights a week in a trio setting, which gave him an opportunity to meet various people working in the thriving New York music scene. By the time he was 18, Stan Getz hired him to record jingles, and in 1967 he recorded with Miles Davis.[2] By 1968, at age 22, he was a member of the Gil Evans Orchestra. Beck described his early success in an interview near the end of his life:

My career happened because I happened to be in the right place at the right time in a very unique time of jazz music. ...when I would finish a gig around two in the morning I would go around the corner to the Playboy Club and sit in with Monty Alexander and let Les Spann take a breather and I would finish the gig for him. Then we would go and listen to Kenny Burrell play around the corner or we would go up to Mintons and listen to Wes Montgomery and sit in with him ...[3]

Beck played in a variety of jazz styles, including jazz fusionpost bopmainstream jazz, and soul jazz, but also respected rock stylists and cross-over players (he was good friends with Larry Coryell)[3] and briefly flirted with rock music styles himself in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

In 1970 Polydor released Rock Encounter.[1] In 1975 he released an eponymous album (upon which he simply referred to himself as "Beck") while recording the Esther Phillipsalbum, What a Diff'rence a Day Makes, both for Kudu.[1][4] Beck was subsequently reissued as Beck & Sanborn to cash in on the success of alto saxophonist David Sanborn. In 1978, he went for more of a rock sound by forming a band named "Leader". They performed in the Northeast and recorded demos at Sound Ideas Studios in New York City, but soon disbanded when the band's gear was stolen after a gig at Joyous Lake in Woodstock, New York. In the 1980s Beck recorded for DMP including with flautist Ali Ryerson. In 2000, he collaborated with guitarist Jimmy Bruno on Polarity[1] and in 2008 on Coincidence with John Abercrombie.[1]

Beck worked as a sideman or session guitarist with a wide variety of well-known jazz, rock, and fusion musicians, including Louis ArmstrongDuke EllingtonBuddy RichWoody HermanMiles DavisMaynard FergusonHoward RobertsTommy TedescoLarry CoryellJohn AbercrombieTom Scott , Jeremy Steig, and Gabor Szabo. In mid-life Beck spent less time playing and worked more as a composer of commercial jingles and as an arranger, writing arrangements for Frank Sinatra and Gloria Gaynor. He returned to performing and touring in the late 1980s.

For the next two decades Beck toured and recorded with duos and small groups, releasing two more solo albums (1988, 1991) before retiring in 2000.

Beck died in Woodbury, Connecticut, of complications from lung cancer.[1] His album Get Me Joe Beck was posthumously released in 2014

Sleeve Condition (Out of 10) ~ 8 slight wear/ paper folded on back cover / w original sleeve
Label Condition (Out of 10) ~10 
Vinyl Condition ~ (Out of 10) 
Side 1 ~ 10 
Side 2 ~ 10 
BIN # *188

Label: Kudu ‎– KU-21 S1
Format:Vinyl, LP, Album 


A1 Star Fire 4:31
A2 Cactus 4:55
A3 Texas Ann 7:53
B1 Red Eye 7:10
B2 Cafe Black Rose 4:23
B3 Brothers And Others 6:23

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