Freeway Jam: To Beck and Back

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
An all-star cast of jazz, blues, and fusion guitarists gives Jeff Beck's catalog a whirl in this hourlong instrumental tribute to one of the U.K.'s finest six-stringers. The back line of drummers Simon Phillips and Vinnie Colaiuta, bassist Stu Hamm, keyboardist Mitchel Forman, and rhythm guitarist/producer Jeff Richman (who also solos on "El Becko") provides unifying glue to the proceedings. Not surprisingly, the ten-title track list concentrates on Beck's generally lyric-free fusion work that started with 1975's Blow by Blow. But an occasional foray into older material (John Scofield's drastically rearranged Yardbirds-era "Over Under Sideways Down" and Eric Johnson's take...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
An all-star cast of jazz, blues, and fusion guitarists gives Jeff Beck's catalog a whirl in this hourlong instrumental tribute to one of the U.K.'s finest six-stringers. The back line of drummers Simon Phillips and Vinnie Colaiuta, bassist Stu Hamm, keyboardist Mitchel Forman, and rhythm guitarist/producer Jeff Richman (who also solos on "El Becko") provides unifying glue to the proceedings. Not surprisingly, the ten-title track list concentrates on Beck's generally lyric-free fusion work that started with 1975's Blow by Blow. But an occasional foray into older material (John Scofield's drastically rearranged Yardbirds-era "Over Under Sideways Down" and Eric Johnson's take on "Beck's Bolero") gives it a bit of variety. Still, this is clearly geared toward shredders and readers of Guitar One magazine, who will likely eat up the finger speed and sound these acts are known for. The guitar shenanigans are impressive, although it's unlikely a novice would be able to tell contributors apart without a track list. But there is a somewhat chilly, almost soulless feel to much of this. Many artists, although playing in top form, seem to be disconnected from the passion and fire that made the originals so powerful. According to the notes, some of the guitarists overdubbed their solos after the rhythm section laid down its parts, which would account for the lack of cohesion between the band and soloist. This surely isn't a deal-breaker for the audience the disc is geared to, but as usual with these projects, the covers generally pale next to their predecessors. Additionally, only Walter Trout ("Brush with the Blues") and Warren Haynes ("The Pump") emerge from a blues background as Beck did (the others come from jazz or rock), and that adds to the slightly sterile performances that highlight form over heart. Nevertheless, this is hit more than miss, and for guitar technicians and students, just hearing the likes of Steve Morse, Eric Johnson, Mike Stern, and Greg Howe tear into Beck's classic tunes is enough to make even the most jaded player salivate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2007
  • Label: Tone Center
  • UPC: 026245405721
  • Catalog Number: 4057
  • Sales rank: 111,855

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Freeway Jam - Steve Morse (5:45)
  2. 2 Over Under Sideways Down - John Scofield (6:50)
  3. 3 Beck's Bolero - Eric Johnson (5:20)
  4. 4 Led Boots - Adam Rogers (5:53)
  5. 5 El Becko - Jeff Richman (4:48)
  6. 6 Diamond Dust - Mike Stern (7:05)
  7. 7 The Pump (5:06)
  8. 8 Behind the Veil - Chris Duarte (5:53)
  9. 9 Blue Wind - Greg Howe (4:37)
  10. 10 Brush with the Blues - Walter Trout (4:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stuart Hamm Bass, Bass Guitar
Eric Johnson Guitar, Soloist
Steve Morse Guitar, Soloist
John Scofield Guitar, Soloist
Mike Stern Guitar, Soloist
Jeff Richman Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Soloist
Greg Howe Guitar, Soloist
Simon Phillips Drums
Chris Duarte Guitar, Soloist
Warren Haynes Guitar, Soloist
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Mitchel Forman Keyboards
Adam Rogers Guitar, Soloist
Walter Trout Guitar, Soloist
John Scofielf Guitar
Technical Credits
Jeff Beck Composer
Jeff Richman Arranger, Producer
Simon Phillips Engineer
Chris Dreja Composer
Richard Mullen Engineer
Paul Samwell-Smith Composer
Mike Varney Executive Producer
Ken Wallace Engineer
Dave Stephens Art Direction
Simeon Spiegel Engineer
Scott Cresswell Engineer
Jeff Richma Audio Production
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