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Before and After
Before & After CD Cover The Harry Beckett Quintet

Harry Beckett: trumpet, flugelhorn

Chris Biscoe: alto, soprano saxes

Alastair Gavin: piano

Fred T. Baker: bass guitar

Tony Marsh: Drums

  1. Conditions
  2. Tinseltown
  3. Another Time
  4. Forgive 'N' Forget
  5. Then As Now
  6. Before And After
Recorded live at The Band On the Wall, Manchester 25 February 1999.
Mixed at Serendipity Studios
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Chris Thorpe
Artwork by Tony Marsh
Sleeve layout by Alastair Gavin
All compositions by Harry Beckett.
Voiceprint JPVP107CD

"These musicians have been performing my compositions live, and on record, for many years now and every gig and recording session brings a new and exhilarating interpretaion to the music they are so familiar with. This unique CD is the first chance to experience on record the creativity and excitement generated on stage."
Harry Beckett

Reviews of "Before and After":
HARRY BECKETT QUINTET Before and After (Jazzprint JPVP017 CD)
Harry Beckett has been a valued part of the British jazz scene for so long that, when he took a year out to play with the French National Jazz Orchestra recently, people were asking each other what had upset him to make him do such a thing. This set by his band, recorded live in 1999, catches him in characteristically good form. His trumpet style is a unique mixture of meltingly warm tone and angular phrasing, and he writes wonderfully playable tunes, themes which just beg to be opened up and explored. Saxophonist Chris Biscoe, with his gentle unpredictability, makes an ideal partner.
The Observer, 5 August 2001

HARRY BECKETT QUINTET Before and After (Jazzprint JPVP017 CD)
Beckett's live album sounds confident and happy, with six positive themes and chord sequences such as Conditions and Tinseltown, all written by the leader. Beckett seems to express joy as a complex, convoluted thing, the absolute opposite of a scream of pain, and this makes him a great foil to all kinds of players.
Chris Biscoe, on alto and soprano saxes, is a wonderful, abrasive soloist, and it is nice to hear bass guitarist Fred T Baker in a hard-blowing context like this - walking fast on the title track and generating his own spin on a kind of Caribbean funk for Then as Now. The performances on Before and After have several rough edges, and a few moments where the rhythm section doesn't quite gel, but it is an honest, likeable, and - I suspect - a durable album, and it swings.
John L Walters
Friday August 17, 2001


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