Performing This Week: Live at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club Live
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To crib the review which appeared in Jazzwise, this series of performances is "an absolutely jaw-dropping display of the most exciting, imaginative and inspirational jazz-rock guitar witnessed in years".
Beck actually makes Eric Clapton, who features on two of the numbers, appear plodding and derivative. He almost caresses his guitar in a seemingly endless display of virtuosity. And what a band! Every one a master/mistress of their instrument. The expressions on the faces of the audience in Ronnie Scotts tell their own story: a mixture of awe and disbelief. When the likes of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Brian May turn up for a gig, you know it's going to be worth a look!
This series of performances, captured on DVD in the best audio and video quality that modern technology allow, is so good that it is almost out of this world: buy it or miss out!
It helps of course if you have a fantastic band. Becks here is absolutely top notch whether you are talking Rock or Jazz. Vinnie Colaiuta is on drums. He's played with Chick Corea, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa to name but a few. Technically one hell of a drummer. Tal Wilkenfeld is less well known, but building a great reputation as a bass player. Finally on keyboards is Jason Rebello, one of the UK's finest Jazz Pianists. Lets not forget one of the best rock guitarists of course Jeff Beck.
With the reputation of Jeff's backing musicians you might be thinking this isn't for you - long jazz solos etc. Well don't worry, there are long solos but Jeff Beck plays them, with all his usual inventivness. The other musicians get the occasional moment (well they did on the edited version I saw) but mainly provide a a great foundation for Jeff Beck.
The guests add some variety, and the rare chance to see Eric Clapton with Jeff Beck playing the blues is worth the price of the DVD alone. I shall be ordering my copy very soon!
Don't get me wrong, `the guvnor' makes a couple of `mistakes' along the journey on this album. But what he plays is so deft, intricate and full of nuances that it doesn't matter one jot.
Actually, I'm being a bit unfair on him.
Just listen to his rendition of Nitin Sawhney's `Nadia'. He makes his Stratocaster speak to you emotionally. It's simply beautiful. Finger-picking, bottle-necking, using the heel of his hand to work the bridge as well as the whammy-bar.
An iconic version of The Beatles `A Day in the Life' is worth the price alone. To say nothing of the final track `Where were you'. Which having seen him play this live, is done almost purely with harmonics and whammy-bar as his fingers seem to just hover over the fret-board without touching the strings.
A really tight band around him doesn't hurt either. 22 year old Australian bass prodigy Tal Wilkenfeld. Rock steady drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and keyboard player Jason Rebello help to make this the best live album I've ever heard.
Simply put. A must have album if you'd like to hear a master of his instrument.
If you play yourself though, it'll just make you feel sick, because of the consummate ease and lack of effort this bloke seems to put into achieving sounds that other players can only dream of.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This has to be one of the 'must have' recordings of the last Decade. Beck is Magnificent, Tal Wilkenfield, alone, is reason enough to buy this. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Stirrat
Unbelievably good . This is the third copy of this performance I have had to buy, as I have made the mistake of lending them to friends never to see them again ! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mr Joseph Owen
Such a great DVD with beautiful audio. It's also lovely that it is so long, there's plenty on here for many many repeat viewings.Published 12 months ago by Dan Coffey