Harry Beckett

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Harry Beckett
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Background information
Birth name Harold Winston Beckett
Born (1935-05-30)30 May 1935
Saint Michael, Barbados
Died 22 July 2010(2010-07-22) (aged 75)
London, England
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Trumpet, flugelhorn
Years active 1961–2010

Harold Winston "Harry" Beckett (30 May 1935[1] – 22 July 2010) was a British trumpeter and flugelhorn player of Barbadian origin.

Biography[edit]

Born in Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados, Harry Beckett learned to play music in a Salvation Army band.[2] A resident in the UK since 1954, he had an international reputation. In 1961, he played with Charles Mingus in the film All Night Long.[3] In the 1960s he worked and recorded within the band of bass player and composer Graham Collier.[3] Beginning in 1970, he led groups of his own, recording for Philips, RCA and Ogun Records among other labels.

He was a key figure of important groups in the British free jazz/improvised music scene, including Ian Carr's Nucleus, the Brotherhood of Breath and The Dedication Orchestra, London Jazz Composers Orchestra, London Improvisers Orchestra, John Surman's Octet, Django Bates, Ronnie Scott's Quintet, Kathy Stobart, Charlie Watts, Stan Tracey's Big Band and Octet; Elton Dean's Ninesense.[4] He has also recorded with Keef Hartley, Jah Wobble, David Sylvian and worked with David Murray. He toured abroad with Johnny Dyani, Chris McGregor, Keith Tippett, John Tchicai, Joachim Kühn, Dudu Pukwana's Zila, George Gruntz's Bands, Belgian quintet The Wrong Object, Pierre Dørge's New Jungle Band and Annie Whitehead's Robert Wyatt project, Soupsongs, which also featured Phil Manzanera and Julie Tippetts, among other jazz and rock luminaries.

His dub-oriented album, The Modern Sound of Harry Beckett, was produced by famed British producer Adrian Sherwood and released on On-U Sound in late 2008.

In 1972, Beckett won the Melody Maker jazz Poll as "Top Trumpeter in Britain". He was a member of the Orchestre National de Jazz between 1997 and 2000.[3]

Beckett died on 22 July 2010 after suffering a stroke.[5]

Selected discography[edit]

With Barry Guy/The London Jazz Composers' Orchestra

  • Ode (Incus, 1972)

With Oliver Nelson

[Draft] Complete chronological discography Note: The dates are that of the year of release not the year of recording. It does not include singles or all compilations (yet).

  • Various - Soundtrack to the film "All Night Long" (1961)
  • West African Rhythm Brothers? (early-mid 60s)
  • Nigerian Union Rhythm Group? (1966)
  • Ambrose Campbell – High Life Today (Columbia, 1966)
  • Herbie Goins & The Nightimers – Soul (Odeon, 1967)
  • The Graham Collier Septet – Deep Dark Blue Centre (Deram, 1967)
  • Graham Collier Sextet – Down Another Road (Fontana, 1969)
  • The New Jazz Orchestra – Le Déjeuner Sur L'Herbe (Verve, 1969)
  • Ray Russell Quartet – Dragon Hill (CBS Realm, 1969)
  • John Surman – Anglo-Sax (Deram, 1969)
  • Jack Bruce – Songs For A Tailor (Polydor, 1969)
  • Manfred Mann Chapter Three – Manfred Mann Chapter Three (Vertigo, 1969)
  • Keef Hartley Band – Halfbreed (Deram, 1969)
  • Keef Hartley Band – The Battle Of North West Six (Deram, 1969)
  • Graham Collier Music - Songs For My Father (Fontana, 1970)
  • Harry Beckett - Flare Up (Jazzprint, 1970)
  • Mike Osborne – Outback (Turtle, 1970)
  • Bob Downes Open Music - Electric City (Vertigo, 1970)
  • John Surman - How Many Clouds Can You See? (Deram, 1970)
  • Ray Russell’s Rock Workshop – Rock Workshop (CBS, 1970)
  • C.C.S. (RAK, 1970)
  • Colosseum – Daughter Of Time (Vertigo, 1970)
  • Manfred Mann Chapter Three – Volume Two (Vertigo, 1970)
  • Various, Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice – Jesus Christ Superstar (MCA, 1970)
  • Memphis Slim – Blue Memphis (Barclay, 1970)
  • Ray Russell’s Rock Workshop – The Very Last Time (CBS, 1971)
  • Ray Russell – Live At The I.C.A. (RCA, 1971)
  • Ray Russell – Rites And Rituals (CBS, 1971)
  • Oliver Nelson - Swiss Suite (Flying Dutchman, 1971)
  • Graham Collier Music Featuring Harry Beckett - Mosaics (Philips, 1971)
  • Harry Beckett - Warm Smiles (RCA Victor, 1971)
  • The Trio – Conflagration (Dawn, 1971)
  • Mike Gibbs - Tanglewood ‘63 (Deram, 1971)
  • Ian Carr with Nucleus - Solar Plexus (Vertigo, 1971)
  • Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath – Brotherhood (RCA, 1971)
  • Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath (RCA Neon, 1971)
  • Mike Westbrook Orchestra – Metropolis (RCA Neon, 1971)
  • The Keef Hartley Band – Little Big Band (Deram, 1971)
  • John Surman / John Warren – Tales Of The Algonquin (Deram, 1971)
  • Miller Anderson – Bright City (Deram, 1971)
  • Faces – Long Player (Warner Brothers, 1971)
  • Storyteller – More Pages (Transatlantic, 1971)
  • Harry Beckett's S & R Powerhouse Sections – Themes For Fega (RCA Victor, 1972)
  • The Running Man – The Running Man (RCA, 1972)
  • Barry Guy/The London Jazz Composers' Orchestra - Ode (Incus, 1972)
  • CCS – CCS (RAK, 1972)
  • Neil Ardley – A Symphony Of Amaranths (Regal Zonophone, 1972)
  • The Mike Gibbs Band – Just Ahead (Polydor, 1972)
  • John Surman • Alan Skidmore • Tony Oxley – Jazz In Britain '68-'69 (Decca Eclipse, 1972)
  • Alexis Korner – Bootleg Him! (RAK, 1972)
  • Coulson, Dean, McGuinness, Flint – Lo & Behold (DJM, 1972)
  • Alan Cohen Band – Duke Ellington's Black Brown & Beige (Argo, 1973)
  • Scaffold – Fresh Liver (Island, 1973)
  • Jaki Whitren – Raw But Tender (Epic, 1973)
  • Graham Collier Music - Darius (Mosaic, 1974)
  • Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath – Live At Willisau (Ogun, 1974)
  • Sharon Forrester – Sharon (Vulcan, 1974)
  • Alexis Korner – Mr Blues (Toadstool, 1974)
  • Giorgio Gaslini & Jean-Luc Ponty – Fabbrica occupata (Produttori Associati, 1974)
  • Graham Collier Music – Midnight Blue (Mosaic, 1975)
  • Harry Beckett’s Joy Unlimited (Cadillac Records, 1975)
  • Harry Beckett - Memories of Bacares (Ogun, 1975)
  • Harry Beckett – Joy Unlimited (Cadillac, 1975)
  • Graham Collier with Graham Collier Music – Jazz Illustrations (Resources of Music, 1975)
  • Graham Collier with Graham Collier Music – Jazz Lecture Concert (resources of Music, 1975)
  • Bob Downes Open Music – Hells Angels (Openian, 1975)
  • Graham Collier Music – New Conditions (Mosaic, 1976)
  • Stan Tracey Octet – The Bracknell Connection (Steam, 1976)
  • Elton Dean's Ninesense – Oh! For The Edge (Ogun, 1976)
  • Giorgio Gaslini Meets …. Harry Beckett (and many others) (Pausa Records, 1976)
  • John Warren Bigband – Live (Sparkasse Bremen, Sparkasse In Concert II / 76) (Sparkasse Bremen, 1976)
  • Harry Beckett's Joy Unlimited – Got It Made (Ogun, 1977)
  • Graham Collier Music – Symphony Of Scorpions (Mosaic, 1977)
  • Elton Dean's Ninesense – Happy Daze (Ogun, 1977)
  • Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath – Procession (Ogun, 1978)
  • Graham Collier Music – The Day Of The Dead (Mosaic, 1978)
  • Stan Tracey Octet – Salisbury Suite (Steam, 1978)
  • Kathy Stobart – Arbeia (Spotlite, 1978)
  • The Jive Bureaux – Stick It (Gull, 1978)
  • Alan Price – England My England (Jet, 1978)
  • Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath – Yes Please - Angoulème 1981 (In And Out, 1981)
  • Dudu Pukwana – Sounds Zila (Jika, 1981)
  • Weekend – La Varieté (Rough Trade, 1982)
  • Robert Wyatt – Nothing Can Stop Us (Rough Trade, 1981)
  • Dudu Pukwana And Zila – Life In Bracknell & Willisau (Jika, 1983)
  • Barry Guy / London Jazz Composers Orchestra – Stringer (FMP, 1983)
  • Trevor Bastow – Sax Trax (JW Music Library, 1983)
  • Stan Tracey – Stan Tracey Now (Steam, 1983)
  • Weekend With Keith Tippett – Live At Ronnie Scott's (Rough Trade, 1983)
  • Albert Van Dam – The Sentimental Touch (RCA, 1984)
  • Harry Beckett - Pictures of You (Virgin, 1985)
  • Johnny Dyani Quartet – Angolian Cry (Steeplechase, 1985)
  • Jah Wobble & Ollie Marland - Neon Moon (Island, 1985)
  • Elton Dean Quintet – The Bologna Tapes (Ogun, 1985)
  • Working Week – Working Nights (Virgin, 1985)
  • Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra – Even The Moon Is Dancing (SteepleChase, 1985)
  • The Charlie Watts Orchestra – Live At Fulham Town Hall (CBS, 1986)
  • Lysis – Superimpositions - IMProvised comPOSITIONS (Soma, 1986)
  • David Defries – The Secret City (MMC, 1986)
  • Detail Plus – Ness (Impetus, 1986)
  • Jah Wobble & Ollie Marland – Tradewinds (Lago, 1986)
  • David Sylvian – Gone To Earth (Virgin, 1986)
  • Dudu Pukwana – Zila 86 (Jika, 1986)
  • Chris McGregor And The South African Exiles – Thunderbolt (PAM, 1986)
  • Harry Beckett - Live, Vol. 2 (West Wind, 1987
  • Elton Dean Quintet – Welcomet Live In Brazil 1986 (Impetus, 1987)
  • Jazz Warriors – Out Of Many, One People (Antilles, 1987)
  • Pulse! – Stormy Weather (Spotlite, 1987)
  • Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra – Johnny Lives (SteepleChase, 1987)
  • Harry Beckett - Bremen Concert (West Wind, 1988)
  • Harry Beckett / Johnny Dyani / Chris McGregor / Marilyn Mazur - Grandmothers Teaching (ITM Records, 1988)
  • Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath – Country Cooking (Virgin, 1988)
  • Tom Mega – Backyards Of Pleasure (ITM, 1988)
  • Harry Beckett, Courtney Pine - Live Vol.2 (West Wind, 1989)
  • U3 Klang – Jazz Goes Underground (West Wind, 1988)
  • Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath - Archie Shepp – En Concert A Banlieues Bleues (52e Rue Est, 1989)
  • Various – Bandes Originales Du Journal De Spirou (Nato, 1989)
  • Harry Beckett & Pierre Dørge – Echoes Of... (Olufsen Records, 1990)
  • Harry Beckett - Passion and Possession (ITM, 1991)
  • Harry Beckett - All Four One (Spotlite, 1991)
  • Anglo Italian Quartet – Put It Right Mr. Smoothie (Spalsc(h), 1991)
  • Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra – Live In Chicago (Olufsen, 1991)
  • Vic Reeves – I Will Cure You (Island, 1991)
  • Harry Beckett - Images of Clarity (Evidence, 1992)
  • The Dedication Orchestra – Spirits Rejoice (Ogun, 1992)
  • Pierre Dørge's New Jungle Orchestra Featuring David Murray – The Jazzpar Prize (Enja, 1992)
  • Harry Beckett - Les Jardins du Casino (ITM, 1993)
  • The Dedication Orchestra – Ixesha (Time) (Ogun, 1994)
  • Rude - This Is Rude (Jazzprint, 1994)
  • Jah Wobble's Invaders Of The Heart – Take Me To God (Island, 1994)
  • Harry Beckett - Moon of Roses (ITM, 1995)
  • Anglo Italian Quartet - Twice Upon A Time (Splasc(h), 1995)
  • Harry Beckett – Compared 2 What? (Basic, 1996)
  • Gail Thompson - Jazz Africa (Enja, 1996)
  • Orchestre National De Jazz / Didier Levallet Avec La Participation De Daunik Lazro – ONJ Express (Evidence, 1998)
  • Harry Beckett – Tribute to Mingus (Westway, 2000)
  • London Improvisers Orchestra – The Hearing Continues… (Emanem, 2001)
  • Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath – Travelling Somewhere (Cuneiform, 2001)
  • Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath - The Memorial Concert (ITM, 2001)
  • Harry Beckett - Before and After (Spotlite, 2001)
  • Various – Soupsongs Live (Jazzprint, 2002)
  • Carol grimes – Mother (Irregular, 2003)
  • London Improvisers Orchestra – Freedom Of The City 2002 (Emanem, 2003)
  • Elton Dean's Ninesense – Live At The BBC (Hux, 2003)
  • John Stevens – Fast Colour (Loose Torque, 2004)
  • Jürgen Wuchner Group Feat. Harry Beckett (West Wind, 2004)
  • Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath – Bremen To Bridgwater (Cuneiform, 2004)
  • Jah Wobble – Elevator Music Volume 1A (30 Hz, 2004)
  • Graham Collier – Workpoints/Live in Middleheim (Cuneiform, 2005)
  • London Improvisers Orchestra – Responses, Reproduction & Reality: Freedom Of The City 2003-4 (Emanem, 2005)
  • Harry Beckett Quintet – Before and After (Jazzprint, 2006)
  • George Haslam, Richard Leigh Harris, Stefano Pastor, Harry Beckett, Steve Kershaw - Holywell Session: Live In Oxford ( Slam Productions, 2007)
  • Ray Russell – Secret Asylum (Reel Recordings, 2007)
  • Harry Beckett - The Modern Sound of Harry Beckett (On-U Sound, 2008)
  • Neil Ardley's New Jazz Orchestra – Camden '70 (Dusk Fire, 2008)
  • Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath – Eclipse At Dawn (Cuneiform, 2008)
  • London Improvisers Orchestra / Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra* – Separately & Together (Emanem, 2008)
  • London Improvisers Orchestra – Improvisations For George Riste (psi, 2008)
  • Giorgio Gaslini – L'Integrale - Antologia Cronologica - CD N°7 (1973), CD N°8 (1973–74) (Soul Note, 2008)
  • Stan Tracey Octet - The Early Works (ReSteamed, 2008)
  • Graham Collier - Directing 14 Jackson Pollocks (2009)
  • Robert Wyatt – Nothing Can Stop Us (Domino, 2010)
  • Harry Beckett - Maxine (ITM, 2011)
  • Elton Dean's Ninesense / Harry Beckett, Harry Miller, Louis Moholo – Ninesense Suite - (Jazzwerkstatt, 2011)
  • Joe Harriott – Journey (Moonlight Tunes, 2011)
  • Elton Dean's Ninesense – The 100 Club Concert 1979 (Reel Recordings, 2012)
  • Various - Trad Dads, Dirty Boppers and Free Fusioneers (Reel, 2012)
  • Duduvudu – The Gospel According to Dudu Pukwana (Edgetone, 2014)
  • Harry Beckett - Still Happy (My Only Desire Records, 2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ According to his wife, Beckett was 86 (sic) when he died, see the obituary by Steve Voce, The Independent, 24 August 2010, where his date of birth is given as 30 May 1923.
  2. ^ Steve Voce, "Harry Beckett: Highly respected trumpeter who worked with Mingus, Scott, Dankworth and Tracey", The Independent, 24 August 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Fordham, John (26 July 2010). "Jazz trumpeter and composer, his genial, unmistakable sound became legendary". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Fordham, John (9 June 2011). "Elton Dean's Ninesense: Ninesense Suite/Natal – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Jazz breaking news: Trumpeter Harry Beckett Dies". Jazzwise magazine. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 

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