Joe Beck

Joe Beck ( born July 29, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, † July 22, 2008 in Woodbury, Connecticut ) was an American jazz and fusion guitarist.


Beck was already working at the beginning of his career with such diverse musicians such as the influenced by the bossa nova saxophonist Paul Winter, the flamenco guitarist Sabicas ( Rock Encounter, 1967) and Miles Davis, with the title on the Circle in the Round ( in 1968 ) playing guitar and really stand out for the hypnotic buzzing and warbling guitar strings ..

Beck was musical director of the ensemble of Esther Phillips and played with Duke Ellington, Gil Evans and Stan Getz, as with James Brown and Paul Simon. In the 1970s, his career reached its first peak; but disgusted with the music business, he withdrew completely and operated for some years as a farmer. After that Beck was a sought-after studio musician in New York, who was in the Jazz at home, but is deeply rooted in rock and funk and played among other bands of Ray Anderson and Lew Soloff. In 1988, he withdrew again to the country back, but was four years later on the jazz scene is active. In 2007 he undertook his last European tour with John Abercrombie.

Beck also worked with Buddy Rich, Paul Desmond, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Frank Sinatra, Ali Ryerson, Larry Coryell, Gene Ammons, Sergio Mendes, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jimmy Bruno, Laura Nyro, Houston Person, Roger Kellaway, Richie Havens, Joe Farrell, David Sanborn and Gato Barbieri.

The guitarist died aged 62 in a hospice in Connecticut from lung cancer.