Beck in 1977.
July 29, 1945|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||July 22, 2008
Woodbury, Connecticut, U.S.
|Genres||Jazz, jazz fusion, post bop, mainstream jazz, soul jazz|
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Beck also briefly flirted with rock music in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 1967 he recorded with Miles Davis. Beck played in a variety of jazz styles, including jazz fusion, post bop, mainstream jazz and soul jazz.
Beck began as a member of the Gil Evans orchestra.
In 1970 he released Rock Encounter on Polydor Records. In 1975 he released an eponymous album for Kudu Records. With Esther Phillips, he released an album, What a Diff'rence a Day Makes in 1975 on Kudu Records.
He played and recorded with numerous artists, including: Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, John Berberian, Gil Evans, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Paul Desmond, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Stan Getz, Kenny Rankin, Ali Ryerson, Larry Coryell, Gene Ammons, Sergio Mendez, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Dom Um Romão, Sabicas, Jimmy Bruno, Laura Nyro, Houston Person, Roger Kellaway, Richie Havens, Paul Simon, Joe Farrell, James Brown, David Sanborn and Gato Barbieri.
- Nature Boy (Verve, 1969)
With John Abercrombie
- Coincidence (Whaling City Sound, 2007)
With Gene Ammons
With Agustín Sabicas...
- Rock Encounter (Polydor, 1966)
With John Berberian
- Middle Eastern Rock (Verve Forecast, 1969)
With James Brown
- Reality (Polydor, 1975)
With Rusty Bryant
- For the Good Times (Prestige, 1973)
With Miles Davis
- Circle in the Round (Columbia, 1970)
- It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing (Flying Dutchman, 1973)
With Gil Evans
- Where Flamingos Fly (Artists House, 1973)
With Ronnie Foster
- Cheshire Cat (Blue Note, 1975)
- Betwixt & Between (A&M/CTI, 1969)
With Al Kooper
- Easy Does It (Columbia, 1970)
With Hubert Laws
- The Chicago Theme (CTI, 1974)
With Brother Jack McDuff
With Idris Muhammad
With Houston Person
- Sweet Buns & Barbeque (Prestige, 1972)
With Don Sebesky
- The Rape of El Morro (CTI, 1975)
With Paul Simon
With Leon Spencer
With Bobby Timmons
- Losin, Peter. "Session Details: Columbia 30th Street Studio (December 4, 1967)". Retrieved June 14, 2013.