Exposé Online banner

Jeff Beck — Jeff
(Epic EK 86941, 2003, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2004-09-01

Jeff Cover artIt’s hard to believe that Jeff Beck is pushing sixty. After successful recent endeavors incorporating techno, sampling, and tribal rhythms into his grab bag mix of backing tracks, the guitar slinger continues to astound and amaze at his vitality and ability when many contemporaries are re-treading past glories. The 60s icon has managed to maintain a positive outlook and associated himself with innovators such as David Torn (under his moniker Splattercell) on two tracks including “Plan B,” a shredding piece of hard rock that showcases Beck at his most incendiary. Dean Garcia is another collaborator on the album and he manages to grasp the man’s soloing style over a penetrating backdrop. “Trouble Man” is possibly the most successful piece since it shows the guitar icon with his most Wildman attack atop jungle conga backing as slippery and gritty as ever. “JB’s Blues” is a take on the mid-tempo power ballad with Tony Hymas back on electric piano. Andy Wright and Apollo 440 are the other two prime collaborators on the album; each gives a bit more impetus as on the funky “My Thing.” Much of the premise of the thirteen tracks reminds me of Wired or There and Back when the lead guitar was the main focus and support backing was minimal but effective. In summary, updating your sound to modern dance type rhythms has allowed the ex-Yardbird to overcome typical obstacles and continue to reinforce his long legacy and as a creditable six string king.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 30, 2003 releases

Related artist(s): Jeff Beck

Latest news

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santana, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more

2020-04-23
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Museo Rosenbach - Zarathustra – Although this Korean release is the fourth reissue of this album, its tenuous distribution still means that this, possibly the greatest Italian symphonic rock album of all time will still remain hard...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues