Traveling West

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Gerald Beckett's second CD as a leader finds the flutist delving into hard bop and post-bop, with a band including flügelhornist Graham Bruce, tenor saxophonist Will Jhun, pianist Adam Shulman, bassist Taylor Cutcomb, and drummer Niels Myner making up his core band. Bruce's fresh arrangement of Lee Morgan's infrequently performed "Mr. Kenyatta" takes on a new perspective by his overdubbing of flute and alto flute, along with Myner's adding congas. Ron Carter's "Little Waltz" features Beckett with the rhythm section in a gorgeous arrangement of this delicate ballad. "Once Forgotten" substitutes harmonica player Damien Masterson in the place of the flügelhorn and tenor sax, as...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Gerald Beckett's second CD as a leader finds the flutist delving into hard bop and post-bop, with a band including flügelhornist Graham Bruce, tenor saxophonist Will Jhun, pianist Adam Shulman, bassist Taylor Cutcomb, and drummer Niels Myner making up his core band. Bruce's fresh arrangement of Lee Morgan's infrequently performed "Mr. Kenyatta" takes on a new perspective by his overdubbing of flute and alto flute, along with Myner's adding congas. Ron Carter's "Little Waltz" features Beckett with the rhythm section in a gorgeous arrangement of this delicate ballad. "Once Forgotten" substitutes harmonica player Damien Masterson in the place of the flügelhorn and tenor sax, as the leader's dancing flute soars over this upbeat ballad with a Latin groove. Masterson is also on hand for a haunting treatment of Jimmy Rowles' best-known composition, "The Peacocks," serving almost as a comic foil to Beckett's magical flute, somewhat like a myna bird mocking the beauty of the larger bird's elegant plumage. Beckett also contributed some original works, including the lush "Cool Breeze" a collaboration with Bruce and the light, funky closer "2020 Groove Street." This excellent sophomore date as a leader makes Gerald Beckett a talent worthy of wider recognition in the jazz community.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • Label: Summit(Classical)
  • UPC: 099402387925
  • Catalog Number: 387
  • Sales rank: 316,398

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mr. Kenyatta (5:30)
  2. 2 Pipes (5:52)
  3. 3 Once Forgotten (5:37)
  4. 4 Hammerhead (6:01)
  5. 5 Little Waltz (5:40)
  6. 6 Cool Breeze (8:02)
  7. 7 Traveling West (5:23)
  8. 8 The Peacocks (7:14)
  9. 9 2020 Groove Street (6:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gerald Beckett Primary Artist, Flute, Alto Flute
Graham Bruce Flugelhorn
Ari Rios Percussion
Taylor Cutcomb Bass
Damien Masterson Harmonica
Adam Shulman Piano, fender rhodes
Taylor Cutcomb Double Bass
Niels Myrner Conga, Drums
Will Jhun Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Ron Carter Composer
Lee Morgan Composer
Jimmy Rowles Composer
Wayne Shorter Composer
Pamela Watson Composer
Dave Shirk Mastering
Graham Bruce Arranger, Composer
Ari Rios Engineer, Mastering
Fred Hirschmann Cover Photo
Daniel Traynor Cover Design
Gerald Beckett Composer, Producer, Mastering, Audio Production
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