Continuing Turtle Records exploration of the British Jazz scene during its peak period.
Gordon Beck, English jazz pianist and composer, broke onto the London scene in the early 1960s joining the Tubby Hayes group in 1962 and then 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 archive of analogue tape recordings which recorded various live performances over a 20 year period. None had been released before. In amongst these were two main sessions from 1968 of his Quartet and featuring the American singer Joy Marshall.
The Quartet are Gordon Beck (piano) , John McLaughlin (guitar), Jeff Clyne (bass), Tony Oxley (drums).
Joy Marshall had recorded only a handful of singles and one LP by the time of her death in 1968, though she was very well known in British Jazz circles, which makes the release of these recordings especially rewarding. She was a very accomplished and versatile vocalist, akin to contemporaries Nancy Wilson and Carmen McRae.
As a bonus we have a 1966 session of a Gordon Beck Trio at Ronnie Scotts which also featured Joy Marshall on vocals.
Simon Spillett, the biographer of Tubby Hayes, to whom Joy Marshall was married, has penned the definitive essay on these recordings with Joy and her background.
Presented in a digpak, with booklet insert.
1. COME BACK TO ME
2. DR FEELGOOD
3. GENTLE RAIN
4. HE LOVES ME
5. PEEL ME A GRAPE
7. TELEPHONE SONG
8. GOIN’ OUT OF MY HEAD
9. WHEN SUNNY GETS BLUE
11.WHAT KIND OF FOOL AM I
12.BLAME IT ON MY YOUTH
13.ON A CLEAR DAY
16.MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY