David Becker

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David Becker
David Becker at Ambon Jazz, 2011
David Becker at Ambon Jazz, 2011
Background information
Born(1961-10-20)October 20, 1961
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
GenresJazz, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1986–present
LabelsMCA, Blue Moon
Websitedavidbeckertribune.com

David Becker (born 20 October 1961) is an American jazz guitarist. He is also a graduate of the Musicians Institute.[1][2]

David Becker Tribune[edit]

David and his brother Bruce (drummer) formed the David Becker Tribune and toured Germany in 1984. After touring the colleges that same year, the band[3] signed with MCA and released its debut album Long Peter Madsen[4] in 1986. In 1988, Siberian Express (MCA), produced with Ken Caillat was released and reached No. 3 on R&R and the track "Anja" reached No. 1.[5] This was followed in 1990 and 1991 by two albums, Third Time Around and In Motion.[6][7]

In 2001, the band released one of the first DVD-Audio recordings, Germerica.[8] In 2004, Where's Henning reached No. 34 on the JazzWeek chart.[9] A solo album, Euroland, and a duo with jazz guitarist Joe Diorio,[10] The Color of Sound (Acoustic Music), followed in 2005.

Batavia[11] was released world wide on August 6, 2010 to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the dropping of the atom bomb in Japan. The compositions were influenced by Becker's mother's family in Indonesia and their internment in a Japanese concentration camp during World War II. Batavia was voted one of the Best World Music recordings of 2010 by World Music Central.org.[12] In 2013 Distance Traveled was released[13] and reached No. 18 on the CMJ charts.[14] In July 2015, Becker released the solo album The Lonely Road (Acoustic Music Records). In 2018, Becker recorded a duo outing with former Ray Charles guitarist, Brad Rabuchin as a tribute to the late guitarist John Abercrombie. For John was released in June 2019.[15]

Signature model guitar[edit]

At the 2015 Winter NAMM show, Heritage Guitars unveiled the David Becker H- 575 Signature model.

Other projects[edit]

Becker also appears on the Colbie Caillat album, Breakthrough[16] as well as her album All of You. He produced an Attila Zoller tribute album released by Enja in 2015. The album includes Ron Carter, Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, and John Abercrombie.[17] In September 2019, Becker appeared in a podcast[18] together with Country legend Vince Gill.

Discography[edit]

  • Long Peter Madsen (MCA, 1986)
  • Siberian Express (MCA, 1988)
  • Third Time Around (Bluemoon, 1990)
  • In Motion (Bluemoon, 1991)
  • Nevsky Prospekt (Pinorrekk, 1995)
  • Germerica (Silverline, 2001)
  • Where's Henning? (Paras, 2004)
  • Euroland (Jazz Cool Springs, 2005)
  • The Color of Sound (Acoustic Music, 2005)
  • Leaving Argentina (Straw House, 2007)
  • Batavia (Acoustic Music, 2010)
  • Distance Traveled (Acoustic Music, 2013)
  • The Lonely Road (Acoustic Music, 2015)
  • Sounds of the World (Wonderland, 2015)
  • Kiwi Dreams (Acoustic Music, 2018)
  • For John (Manansus Music, 2019)

Books/DVDs[edit]

  • 2005: Getting Your Improvising Into Shape (Mel Bay)[19]
  • 2010: Playing in Shapes (Fingerprint)
  • 2013: Rhythmic Motifs for Comping and Soloing (Fingerprint)
  • 2015: Transitions to Jazz (Truefire)[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "David Becker - Musicians Institute". Musicians Institute. Archived from the original on 10 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  2. ^ Suzi Price. "David Becker - jazzreview.com". Jazzreview.com. Archived from the original on 8 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  3. ^ Suzi Price. "David Becker - jazzreview.com". Jazzreview.com. Archived from the original on 8 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Reviews: David Becker Tribune". Nielsen Business Media. 6 December 1986. pp. 1. Retrieved 3 February 2019. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  5. ^ "David Becker". Insidejazz.com. Archived from the original on 11 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  6. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Third Time Around". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  7. ^ Henderson, Alex. "In Motion". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  8. ^ "David Becker Tribune - 'Germerica' A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson". HighFidelityReviews. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  9. ^ "JazzWeek CD Releases | David Becker Tribune: Where's Henning? (Paras Recordings)". www.jazzweek.com. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  10. ^ "David Becker". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  11. ^ "A painful history retold through jazz music". Mprnews.org. 26 November 2010. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Best World Music Recordings of 2010, Editor's Picks". Worldmusiccentral.org. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  13. ^ "JazzWeek CD Releases - David Becker Tribune: Distance Traveled". Jazzweek.com. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Weekly Top Airplay: December 10, 2013". WMSE 91.7FM. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  15. ^ https://www.amazon.com/John-David-Becker-Brad-Rabuchin/dp/B07TXMH8YT
  16. ^ "David Becker - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  17. ^ "David Becker Interview 26th March 2014". Jazzguitarsociety.com. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  18. ^ https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/vince-gill-with-david-becker/id1478310045?i=1000450997279
  19. ^ Lee Prosser. "Getting Your Improvising Into Shape by David Becker - jazzreview.com - Your Jazz Music Connection". Jazzreview.com. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  20. ^ https://truefire.com/jazz-guitar-lessons/transitions-to-jazz/c900

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