13 Songs, 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The late guitarist Joe Beck played in Gil Evans’ large group in the mid-'60s, recorded with Miles Davis in 1967 (the tracks didn’t come out until several years later), and contributed to many jazz and pop sessions. Paul Simon, Sabicas, James Brown, and Bobby Timmons are just some of the artists he worked with. Get Me Joe Beck was recorded on the second evening of a two-night gig at Anna’s Jazz Island in Berkeley, Calif., in 2006, two years before Beck’s death. It was the first time Beck had played with this rhythm section—bassist Peter Barshay and drummer David Rokeach—but you wouldn’t know by listening to this album of standards. Things start with a swinging version of “Stella by Starlight,” which, along with many of the other tracks here, has a solo intro by Beck. (The guitarist’s introduction on “Manha de Carnaval” is particularly fine.) The closer, a wonderful reprise of “Georgia on My Mind,” is just one example of how deeply Barshay and Rokeach are tuned into Beck. Get Me Joe Beck includes the guitarist’s humorous between-song remarks; it’s a nice touch that adds to the album’s warm vibe.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The late guitarist Joe Beck played in Gil Evans’ large group in the mid-'60s, recorded with Miles Davis in 1967 (the tracks didn’t come out until several years later), and contributed to many jazz and pop sessions. Paul Simon, Sabicas, James Brown, and Bobby Timmons are just some of the artists he worked with. Get Me Joe Beck was recorded on the second evening of a two-night gig at Anna’s Jazz Island in Berkeley, Calif., in 2006, two years before Beck’s death. It was the first time Beck had played with this rhythm section—bassist Peter Barshay and drummer David Rokeach—but you wouldn’t know by listening to this album of standards. Things start with a swinging version of “Stella by Starlight,” which, along with many of the other tracks here, has a solo intro by Beck. (The guitarist’s introduction on “Manha de Carnaval” is particularly fine.) The closer, a wonderful reprise of “Georgia on My Mind,” is just one example of how deeply Barshay and Rokeach are tuned into Beck. Get Me Joe Beck includes the guitarist’s humorous between-song remarks; it’s a nice touch that adds to the album’s warm vibe.

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About Joe Beck

Studio and session guitarist Joe Beck was well known for hits when backing vocalist Esther Phillips on Kudu in the '70s, although his session credentials over the years also included the likes of Miles Davis, James Brown, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, and Gil Evans. During the '80s he made a series of competent fusion and pop-jazz recordings for DMP and had a big hit recording with Dave Sanborn on CTI in 1975. His career continued into the '90s and beyond with albums like 1991's Relaxin', 1997's Alto, and his 2000 collaboration with Jimmy Bruno, Polarity. Beck was active throughout most of the new millennium’s first decade with recordings on a variety of labels, including a number of CDs on Whaling City Sound, such as 2002's Just Friends, 2007's Tri07, 2008's Coincidence (a duo recording with John Abercrombie), and 2009's Golden Earrings. The latter album, featuring Beck and singer Laura Theodore performing music made famous by singer Peggy Lee, proved to be Beck’s final recording -- the guitarist was diagnosed with lung cancer soon after work on Golden Earrings had been completed and died from complications of the disease in July 2008 at age 62. ~ Ron Wynn

  • ORIGIN
    Philadelphia, PA
  • BORN
    July 29, 1945

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