Our second release on the relaunched Turtle Records label following the highly successful reissue of Mike Westbrook’s Marching Song box set.
Gordon Beck, English jazz pianist and composer, broke onto the London scene in the early 1960s, joining the Tubby Hayes group in 1962 and forming his own succession of groups from 1965 onwards. A subsequent 26 album career established him as one of the most important musicians in British Jazz before passing away in 2011.
The estate of Gordon Beck granted access to his own archive of analogue tape recordings which included various live performances over a 20 year period. None had been released before.
Turtle Records is proud to present these excellent performances, now transferred and collated, which capture the group playing a variety of some well-known compositions plus a large number of Gordon Beck originals, which are surely a must for any serious modern jazz fan.
They chronicle a peak period of creativity and performance by Gordon involving key line ups of his groups with musicians including a who’s who of British Jazz: Jeff Clyne, Johnny Butts, Ron Mathewson, John McLaughlin, Tony Oxley, Kenny Wheeler, Ray Warleigh, Chris Pyne, Frank Ricotti.
The box set has been curated by noted Jazz aficionados Colin Harper and Simon Spillett, the former the author of the biography on John McLaughlin, the latter the biographer of Tubby Hayes who has also penned the essay in the booklet. With rare photographs from the lens of music photographer Jak Kilby.
Presented in a clamshell box with individual discs in wallets, each covering a particular period and a 36 page booklet.
GORDON BECK TRIO 1964-1968
1. SPEAK LOW
2. TIME AFTER TIME
5. MISS T. FLYING
7. SUITE NUMBER ONE
8. AND STILL SHE IS WITH ME
GORDON BECK SEPTET 1972
10.REACHING FOR THE STARS AND FURTHER STILL
11. PRELUDE / TYING UP THE LOOSE ENDS
MOB 1975 / 1976
1. LITTLE D
2. THE CURTAIN
3. WAS THAT THE WAY IT WAS
4. HEADIN’ ON OUT
5. SUITE: BITS & PIECES (SOLO)
6. UNTITLED IMPROVISATION (INCL. BLUE IN GREEN)
GORDON BECK SOLO 1976
1. BOX YOU FIGHT HIM HE CRY OUT
3. GOOD TIMES SOMETIMES
4. HERE COMES THE MALLET MAN
GORDON BECK QUARTET + FRANK RICOTTI 1984
5. NOVEMBER SONG
6. ROMANTIC IT ISN’T
7. LADY V
8. THE QUICK BROWN FOX
GORDON BECK + 4-PIECE
9. UNTITLED 1