Emotion & Commotion
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For his first studio album in seven years, Grammy-winning guitarist Jeff Beck returns with an eclectic mix of tracks that find the guitar virtuoso accompanied by a handpicked cast of talented musicians, as well as several songs accompanied by a 64-piece orchestra. Rhino unleashes the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer s restless genius with EMOTION & COMMOTION.
Beck recorded EMOTION & COMMOTION late last year at Sarm Studios in London with award-winning producers Steve Lipson and Trevor Horn. To create the album s diverse sound, Beck used a number of musicians, including appearances by frequent collaborators Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Jason Rebello (keyboards), and Tal Wilkenfeld (bass). The album also includes contributions from a trio of singers: Imelda May ('Lilac Wine'), Olivia Safe ('Elegy For Dunkirk'), and Grammy-winner Joss Stone ('I Put A Spell On You' and 'There s No Other Me').
To complement the innovative tones he coaxes from his guitar, Beck recorded with a 64-piece orchestra on songs that range from Puccini s immortal aria 'Nessun Dorma' and Elegy For Dunkirk from the film Atonement to 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' from The Wizard Of Oz and Jeff Buckley s interpretation of 'Corpus Christi Carol.'
Beck says the idea of pairing his guitar with an orchestra evolved from the version of Gustav Mahler s Symphony No. 5 he recorded a few years ago. 'It turned out amazingly well, but I didn t want to commit to an entire album of classical music. What appealed to me instead was the idea of bringing together these seemingly contradictory sounds on different kinds of nonclassical music.'
In addition to the orchestral pieces, EMOTION & COMMOTION showcases a number of original compositions. For 'Hammerhead,' Beck fires the rocker s opening salvo through his wah-wah pedal before falling into a deep groove carved out by the rhythm section and horn arrangement. At the opposite end of the sonic spectrum, the airy arrangement that elevates 'Never Alone' provides a wide-angle soundscape for Beck s imagination to freely explore the high-flying melody.
Before launching a world tour to support EMOTION & COMMOTION, Beck will unite with Eric Clapton in February for a series of exclusive shows in London, New York City, Toronto, and Montreal. The guitarists both former members of the Yardbirds will play separately before taking the stage to perform together.
After the shows with Clapton, Beck will play South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, and Japan before returning to America for the U.S. leg of the tour starting mid-April and including an appearance at the New Orleans Jazz Festival on May 1.
For Beck, the new album and tour follows in the wake of a triumphant 2009 his most successful year ever. Among the many highlights were a sold-out world tour; his second induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; the release of the platinum-selling Performing This Week... Live At Ronnie Scott s, which earned a Grammy nomination for 'A Day In The Life'; and magnificent performances with his band at the 25th Anniversary Concert of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden.
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Then I heard "Jeff" in a record store when it was released, not recognizing the sound or style and asked the kid who this was. It just got better and better as it went on. It started with motorcycles and biker chicks and by the end there was a orchestra of strings. I think that's what kept me in the store so long. "Figures" I thought, a little disappointed that I would be buying an artist from the 70's once again, instead of quenching my thirst for new blood. I loved the album, though. It covered a lot of ground, made sounds I'd never heard come out of a guitar. It showed an artist in touch with his past, but not dwelling on it. In retrospect this album seems a bridge to "Emotion and Commotion". I love that Beck has evolved, and not fallen into the "you name the state State Fair Circuit" like most of the bands from the seventies that still turn up somewhere on the 4th of July playing the same old stuff.
This new record is priceless. Not much new song-writing here, rather thoughtful, skillful (crazy skillful) emotive guitar you won't hear anywhere else on obscure and familiar work of other artists. Actually, the "Commotion" on this record stands out less than the "Emotion". The bookend songs are so exquisite they make me weepy (the older softer badboy). I only wish it were 140 minutes.
The CD is just extraordinary!!! A monster of a musician at his creative best and surrounded by tons of other great talent!
All the tracks are worthy of listening to over and over again. I guess I can single out several favorites like the first track called "Corpus Christi Carol" (very tasty). Then there is "Over the Rainbow" (elegant and lovely). Then the old Screaming Jay Hawkins tune, "I Put a Spell on You" (gutsy and a great vocal by the Joss Stone). The track "Serene" is! And the last tune "Elegy for Dunkirk" is amazingly haunting and beautiful!
But the tune that just totally blows me away is "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini's "Turandot", it made me cry just like when I heard it sung by Caruso, Pavoratti, Placido Domingo, Richard Tucker, Mario Lanza,and other legendary tenors at the top of their talents. Jeff's playing is tone perfect and so incredibly emotionally moving that I listened to it over and over and was just thrilled every time.
So I love it! Thanks so much for the present and the thought behind it!
thinking 'Live at Ronnie Scott's dvd which does wow you.as a life long fan this is a must have if you liked what he did with a day in the life on Scott's disc