Friday, February 9, 2018

GORDON BECK TRIO – Gyroscope (Morgan Records – MJ 1 / LP-1969)




Label: Morgan Records – MJ 1
Morgan Records Twin Stereo / MJ1 Jazz Series
Format: Vinyl, LP / Country: UK / Released: 1969
Style: Post Bop, Contemporary Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded at Morgan Studios, London, England, 1968.
Engineer – Andrew Johns
Producer – Monty Babson
Matrix / Runout (Side 1 Label): MJ 1 A
Matrix / Runout (Side 2 Label): MJ 1 B

A1 - Gyroscope ................................................................................................. 7:09
A2 - Clusters ..................................................................................................... 7:06
A3 - Suite No. 1 ................................................................................................ 6:40
B1 - Miss T Fying .............................................................................................. 3:58
B2 - Sincerity ..................................................................................................... 5:20
B3 - And Still She Is With Me ............................................................................ 8:22
B4 - Oxus .......................................................................................................... 3:18

All compositions written-by – Gordon Beck, except
track A3 (written-by – Gordon Beck, Jeff Clyne, Tony Oxley)

Personnel:
Gordon Beck – piano
Jeff Clyne – bass
Tony Oxley – drums, percussion

GORDON BECK TRIO – Gyroscope / Extremely rare, original first UK pressing 1969 / 7-tracks / stereo LP of advanced British Jazz on the seldom seen Morgan label, recorded at London's Morgan studios / Catalog Number: MJ1 ___  Out of Print __
Also re-issued on CD in 2002 (Art of Life Records/Catalog Number: AL1003-2) __ Sold Out __


Beck was a self-taught musician who left the engineering world to become a professional player in England. He eventually blossomed into one of Europe's finest studio and session pianists, able to function effectively in many settings and alongside any vocalist or instrumentalist. His father was a violinist, and Beck started his jazz career with various London bands before joining Tubby Hayes in 1962. Beck stayed in that group three years, making his first tours outside England, before beginning his own band. Beck's trio was the house band at the Ronnie Scott's club in the late '60s, and in 1967 Beck began cutting albums and doing studio work. He gained international attention from 1969-1972 as part of Phil Woods' European Rhythm Machine, his strong playing and propulsive solos making him an effective contrasting voice within the group to Woods. The Machine toured America in 1971, and Beck left the following year to start another band, Gyroscope, and also reactivated his trio. He was part of the group Piano Conclave in the early '70s, but became a busy freelancer from 1974 on, working with major stars like Lena Horne, Gary Burton, Clark Terry, Charles Tolliver, and Woods again. He also got involved in education, becoming co-organizer of the Treforest Summer School in 1978.



...Gyroscope , featuring the group of Oxley and Jeff Clyne (Ron Carter-esque in his ubiquity in British Jazz), minus McLaughlin (Experiments with Pops), was six original compositions and comes off as a much more serious album than its predecessor.
The compositions on Gyroscope, all by the pianist except for one trio credit, are pleasant post-bop launching pads. Played with lesser musicians, they may have come off as trite and derivative, as might much British jazz (for a criminally ignored region of jazz, the Brits might have had the highest concentration of notable musicians to be found in one city—London). It was the inventiveness of his "backing band" that pushed the pieces and the leader far past their potential. Oxley, who would go on to play with Riley, didn't stay supportive for very long, adding his free ideas to the mix very quickly, most notably on the title track, "Suite No. 1" and the lengthy closer "And Still She Is With Me" / "Oxus". While closer to the more traditional jazz played by the likes of Johnny Dankworth and Tubby Hayes (Beck's former employ-er), the open experimentation of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble and John Surman were bound to have an effect in a scene as small as late '60s London. This open clash of styles stands as a period document and makes Gyroscope a compelling listen.
(Review by ANDREY HENKIN, July 17, 2002 AAJ)



If you find it, buy this album!

15 comments:

  1. GORDON BECK TRIO – Gyroscope (Morgan Records – MJ 1 / LP-1969)
    Vinyl Rip/FLAC-96kHz+Artwork (257 MB)

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  2. Once again, an album posted here that I feel like I really should already know about, but that I believe is new to me. Thanks Vitko for filling a hole in my collection I didn't even know about!

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  3. This recording is still available on CD (only 10 remain) and as lossless download.
    http://www.artofliferecords.com/gyroscope.html

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    1. I think that's old information, but if so then, hurry up and buy. I hope this post will be a good inspiration and for others who want to have a copy of this forgotten and ignored album.

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  4. Wow nice one - haven't heard this for ages so thank you. Think Gordon also had a larger Gyroscope band with Frank Ricotti and Stan Sulzmann

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    1. Yes, it is recorded live on Capital Radio London April 1974. (One, Two, Three_ _ _ Go!), I have it on tape. There are also Ron Mathewson on bass and Tony Levin on drums.

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    2. Absolutely Jaguar(cassette) also released a live at Capital Radio with the John Taylor sextet also super duper

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