Sunday, March 1, 2009


Jeff Beck continues to reinvent himself and amaze us 45 years after he made his debut with Yardbirds. He's fronted bands that featured Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Terry Bozzio, and Tony Hymas, collaborated with jazz musicians Stanley Clarke and Jan Hammer, and even recently made an appearance on AMERICAN IDOL with Kelly Clarkson (above). He's done jazz, and rock, and even a stint at a power trio with former Vanilla Fudgers Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice. There have been Grammies and gold records, and tours that are still successful and packing them in.

The group pictured above was the first JEFF BECK GROUP, from 1968, featuring the young Ron Wood (bass), Micky Waller (drums), and a bearded Rod "the Mod" Stewart. I still remember my reaction to "I Ain't Superstitious" with Rod on lead vocals...I never heard a voice quite like it. They were a great group that might have been too talented to hold together, and by late 1969 they disbanded, with a second Beck Group coming together in the early 1970's. After their demise, and the scuttling of BB&A, Beck began his instrumental phase, which carries on to this day. BLOW BY BLOW (1974) was a landmark, and was a definitive jazz-rock fusion album of that era.

Beck's band is about to start an American tour in April, right after his induction as a solo artist into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The tour starts April 6th in Scranton, Pa.

His band currently consists of Jason Rebello on keyboards, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, and the incredible young female bass player from Australia, Tal Wilkenfeld (pictured above).

Below, from BLOW BY BLOW, Beck, Wilkenfeld, and the rest perform CAUSE WE ENDED AS LOVERS from a concert in 2007.

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