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Harry Beckett Band - featuring Chris Biscoe

Harry Beckett - Photo: Peter Symes ©From 1997 to 2000 Harry Beckett and Chris Biscoe were featured soloists in the Orchestre National de Jazz,  the first British musicians to be asked to join this band. Now they can be heard together in the context of this exciting new quintet.

The band's first CD on West Wind, Harry Beckett Tribute to Charles Mingus, was released in Europe and the UK in January 2000; Before and After, a live recording of original material came out on Jazzprint in summer 2001.


HARRY BECKETT - trumpet and flugelhorn
CHRIS BISCOE - alto and soprano sax
LIAM NOBLE - piano
FRED T BAKER - electric bass
TONY MARSH - drums, cymbals

The Musicians

HARRY BECKETT - trumpet and flugelhorn
Harry Beckett's reputation extends throughout Europe and the USA. He played with Charles Mingus in the film All Night Long, then worked with John Surman, Django Bates, Ronnie Scott, Zila, Johnny Dyani, Kathy Stobart, Charlie Watts, Stan Tracey, Annie Whitehead, Jah Wobble, David Murray and Marylin Mazur.
He was a member of Pierre Dorge`s New Jungle Orchestra for several years, and enjoyed a long association with Chris McGregor, from the classic early Brotherhood of Breath through the later big band and numerous small groups in between. Several of his records, such as Flare Up and Joy Unlimited, have become classics.

CHRIS BISCOE - alto and soprano saxes
Since his first recording with Ben Sidran, Chris has worked with George Russell, Mike Westbrook, Hermeto Pascoal, Chris McGregor, Kenny Wheeler, Andy Sheppard, Gail Thompson, Dewey Redman, The Dedication Orchestra, Redbrass, Peter Jacobsen, Dominique Pifarely and Didier Levallet, appearing as a featured soloist on more than 30 recordings. Currently he can be heard with the ONJ, Mingus Moves, Full Monte, Liam Noble and Ben Davis.

LIAM NOBLE - piano
Equipped with superb technique and an original approach, Liam has a rapidly rising reputation. He has worked with Bobby Wellins, Steve Waterman, Kenny Wheeler, Anita Wardell, and John Stevens. His solo CD, Close Your Eyes, was widely acclaimed, and he is currently leading three bands:a duo with Paul Clarvis, a trio, and a quintet with Stan Sultzman and Chris Biscoe.

FRED T BAKER - electric bass
One of the top electric bass players in contemporary jazz, Fred Baker has been heard with Elton Dean, Phil Miller, Horace Parlan, Courtney Pine and Chris McGregor. His own recordings include a solo CD, Missing Link, and his Concerto for Electric Bass, Classical Guitar and String Orchestra, due out in March 2000.

TONY MARSH - drums, cymbals
Tony Marsh came to prominence with Don Weller in Major Surgery. Since then Tony has played with Mike Osborne, John Surman, Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Mike Westbrook and Howard Riley. He is also well known in France through work with Didier Levallet, Noel Akchote, Daunik Lazro, Yves Robert and Dominique Pifarely. Concerts in 2000 with Full Monte, Simon Picard, Jim Dvorak, Paul Rogers and Wireless.


REVIEWS:
Harry Beckett's solos - "beautifully constructed, inventive, and emotion packed...Beckett plays with natural lyricism"
(Jazz Journal International)
"He must be about the most melodic brass player in the country".
(The Guardian)

"Chris Biscoe has become one of the most distinctive improvisers on the European scene...his melodic lines are tales of the unexpected".
(The Guardian)


DISCOGRAPHY
Records by the Harry Beckett Band:
Before and After (Jazzprint)
with Chris Biscoe, Alistair Gavin, Fred Baker and Tony Marsh
Before and After
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Tribute to Charles Mingus (West Wind -WW2122)
with Chris Biscoe, Alistair Gavin, Fred Baker and Tony Marsh
Tribute to Charles Mingus
more information

 

All For One - Harry Beckett's Flugelhorn 4+3 (Spotlite) with Alistair Gavin, Fred T Baker,and Tony Marsh
Pictures of you - Harry Beckett (Virgin-Paladin Records)

Harry Beckett and Chris Biscoe can be heard together on these big band records:
Deep Feelings - Orchestre National de Jazz (Evidence)
Sequences - Orchestre National de Jazz (Evidence)
ONJ Express - Orchestre National de Jazz (Evidence)
Country Cooking - Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath (Virgin Venture Records)
Ixesha - The Dedication Orchestra (Ogun)
The Spirits Rejoice - The Dedication Orchestra (Ogun)

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