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The College of Musical Knowledge


Sherry was cleaning out some drawers today and found the April 22, 2011, edition of Gusto, the weekly entertainment section of the Buffalo News. Jeff Beck was on the cover, and he also was the subject of the center spread. He played at the University of Buffalo that night—a concert I saw from the eighth row. The crowd gave Beck a standing ovation—after his second song. It was that kind of a night.

Seeing that story prompted me to head to Amazon to see if he had put out any new albums, and I spotted one that looked intriguing: A disc recorded live in Tokyo in 1999 but not released until 2011. I turned to Spotify to audition it, and after a minute, I decided I just had to have it.

Beck's studio work is impressive enough, but this live stuff captures what a force of nature he is in concert. If you ever get a chance to see him, don't miss him.

Until then, here's video of the entire concert from the album.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4emJASIuYA

Start at the 8:30 mark with "Brush With the Blues." t may not be exactly what you think. As Jeff Miers of the Buffalo News wrote, "Beck's music smacked of a compromise free integrity. He also simply refused to 'overplay,' consistently leaving abundant spaces in his music. It was as if Beck was so damn good, he didn't need to prove it to you at any moment.

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