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Get Me Joe Beck

Whaling City Records
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1. Stella By Starlight

2. Manha De Carnaval

3. The Guitar Is A Six Piece Band

4. Georgia On My Mind

5. Alone Together

6. Trio Intros

7. Tenderly

8. On Ballads And Drinking

9. I Can’t Get Started

10. You And The Night And The Music

11. Jobim

12. Corcovado

13. Georgia On My Mind

Joe Beck - Guitar

Peter Barshay - Bass

David Rokeach – Drums

Joe Beck was an American guitarist who died in 2008 and was primarily known as a session and studio musician working for such luminaries are Miles Davis, Gil Evans and Frank Sinatra among others. This live session was recorded at Anna’s Jazz Island in Berkeley, California on September 14, 2006 which confirmed him to be a guitarist of the first order who did not achieve the recognition his playing deserved.

In this straight-ahead live session, Beck eschews some of the effects and electronics that he used in the past and, supported only by bass and drums, he had the stage to himself for all intents and purposes. The set list was composed of familiar titles but developed for Beck’s unique approach on his instrument. Using a combination of chordal blocks and single-note lines, Beck weaves a magic tapestry of sounds that he develops on each piece starting with Stella By Starlight. Given that the trio appear to be such understanding and aware partners, it is interesting to note that they never played together before and were chosen by the club’s owner specifically for this date. But their symmetry and contemplative mutual understanding comes shining through on all tracks but is especially evident on Alone Together, Tenderly and You And The Night And The Music. This outing was Beck’s last recording before succumbing to lung cancer in 2008 and it is indeed a worthy adieu.

Pierre Giroux

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