Gordon Beck: Sagittarius




Gordon Beck (piano)


November Song (JMS Records)

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Gordon Beck (piano),

Stan Sulzmann (tenor sax), Steve Watts (bass), Gene Calderazzo (drums)


Composed by Gordon Beck


Recorded: Ardingly, UK, January 29-30, 1999


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

For about 1 minutes, the fiery tenor of Stan Sulzmann, supported only by bass and drums, tackles this fast post-bop tune in a way that shows us how much wider recognition this remarkable British saxophonist deserves. Then Gordon Beck's piano joins in, lending a strong harmonic dimension to his composition. Beck also displays his unconventional comping and soloing talents to great effect, reminding us of the pianist's tenure with Phil Woods's European Rhythm Machine some 40 years ago. Beck hasn't lost a bit of either his punch or his musicality, but outside the UK how many people are aware of it?

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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