Harold Beckett, born Barbados, May 1935. Died July 22, 2010. From 1954 Harry Beckett was a major figure on the British jazz scene and one of the most highly regarded trumpet/flugelhorn players. In 1961 Charles Mingus chose Harry to play in his band. In 1972 Beckett won the Melody Maker jazz Poll. Harry's inventive and very personal playing featured in the best bands of the 60s, 70s and 80s.
It’s been a real Joy to bring this long-lost classic back to life. There’s not much more can be said about Harry’s beautiful talent. He lifted the atmosphere wherever he played and was a gentleman, always softly spoken, but a presence in the room. I remember, as a callow youth, interviewing him for a sleeve note in the basement of Mole Jazz. He was thoughtful, listened to my questions and answered with a civility and intelligence they barely deserved. I’ve always thought Joy Unlimited one of his best albums. In fact, one of the best British jazz albums of the 70s, and one of the finest jazz rock albums full stop. It has never been reissued, and never released on CD or digitally, so this is an opportunity for the world to hear what a great player and composer Harry was. It will bring you joy-joy unlimited. Harry died 22 July 2010, ten years ago. We’d like to celebrate his life and dedicate this release to one of the finest black British artists of his generation.
Limited edition pressing of 500. Remastered audio by Caspar @ Gearbox Records. New sleeve notes by The Many Faces of Harry Beckett author John Thurlow.
Harry Beckett: trumpet, flugelhorn
Ray Russell: guitar
Brian Miller: piano, electric piano, synthesiser
Darryl Runswick: bass, bass guitar
Nigel Morris: drums
Martin David: congas
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