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, Beck played in a variety of jazz styles, including jazz fusion, post bop, mainstream jazz and soul jazz. He began as a member of the Gil Evans orchestra. In 1967 he recorded with Miles Davis, but also briefly flirted with rock music in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
In 1970 he released Rock Encounter on Polydor Records. In 1975 he released an 'eponymous' album (Upon which he simply referred to himself as 'Beck') whilst recording the Esther Phillips album, What a Diff'rence a Day Makes, both on Kudu Records. Beck was subsequently reissued as Beck & Sanborn to cash in on the success of alto saxophonist Dave Sanborn. In the 1980s Beck recorded several CDs for the DMP Digital Music Products label, including co-billed work with the noted flautist Ali Ryerson. In 2000, he released a collaboration with Jimmy Bruno, Polarity, and Coincidence in 2008 with John Abercrombie.
- Nature Boy (Verve, 1969)
- Beck (Kudu, 1975)
- Back to Beck (DMP, 1988)
- The Journey (DMP, 1991)
- "Get Me Joe Beck" (Whaling City Sound, 2014)
With John Abercrombie
- Coincidence (Whaling City Sound, 2007)
With Gene Ammons
- 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)
With Richard Davis
- Song for Wounded Knee (Flying Dutchman, 1973)
- It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing (Flying Dutchman, 1973)
With Gil Evans
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 Blue Mitchell
- Many Shades of Blue (Mainstream, 1974)
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.
- Sleeve notes to CD reissue of Beck & Sanborn