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The Gordon Beck Quartet: “Experiments With Pops”

(Art of Life AL1001-2)

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The Gordon Beck Quartet: "Experiments With Pops"

Gordon Beck: piano
John McLaughlin: guitars
Jeff Clyne: bass
Tony Oxley: drums

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These Boots Are Made For Walking
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Norwegian Wood
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Up, Up and Away
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I Can See For Miles

Good Vibrations

Monday, Monday

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About the Music {top}

Originally released in 1968 on Major Minor Records in the UK and now available on CD for the first time ever! Digitally re-mastered from the original Stereo analog master tapes. Includes the original album cover artwork and liner notes exactly as they appear on the original LP. Features Gordon Beck on piano, John McLaughlin on guitar, Jeff Clyne on bass and Tony Oxley on drums.

Selected Quotations {top}

This is a real Britjazz landmark from the late 1960s, with a 25-year-old John McLaughlin joining the formidable pianist Gordon Beck's trio, which also featured the now-abstract percussionist, composer and Cecil Taylor partner Tony Oxley and elegant bassist Jeff Clyne. The tunes are all 60s pop hits, but the quartet explores them purely as Jazz vehicles, with a full-on attack, sweeping freedom and strong collective feel. McLaughlin tears into "These Boots Are Made for Walking" at breakneck speed, Beck's sumptuous technique delivers a luxurious unaccompanied "Sunny", and The Who's "I Can See for Miles" is taken slowly as a mood-piece for McLaughlin's slurred guitar and Oxley's delicate brushwork. "Good Vibrations" unexpectedly arouses the guitarist's early love of flamenco, and "Monday Monday" gets the Lee Morgan "Sidewinder" treatment with some sensational Oxley drumming behind the gritty guitar break.
Robin Denselow - The Guardian

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