Jeff Beck, guitarist with a chapter in rock history, dies at 78

Inspired by the creativity of the band Mahavishnu and the superior work of the band’s fusion guitarist John McLaughlin, Mr. Beck dedicated.

To capture the spirit of the group, Mr. Beck hired producer George Martin, who had overseen Mahavishnu’s album “Apocalypse” (he had achieved his greatest fame with the Beatles). Mr. Beck told The New Statesman in 2016 that Mr. Martin said he was given “a great pair of wings”.

“Knowing that someone with such sensitive ears approves of what’s going on, you’re blown away,” he said.

Mr. Beck’s follow-up album, “Wired”, featured two players from Mahavishnu: drummer Naratha Michael Walton and keyboardist John Hammer, expanding the fusion elements in the music. Mr. Peck and then Mr. He toured with Hammer’s band, resulting in the album “Jeff Beck with the John Hammer Group Live” going gold in 1977.

Mr. Beck’s 1980 album “There & Back” featured Mr. Hammer played the lead, which peaked at number 21 on Billboard’s charts. In 1985, Mr. Beck returned to working with singers for his “Flash” album, which featured Mr. Stewart sang a version of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready.” (The video became an MTV hit.) Another instrumental recording, “Jeff Beckin’s Guitar Shop,” released in 1989, became his final gold album.

Beginning in the 1990s, Mr. Beck began doing groundbreaking session work, contributing solos to albums by Jon Bon Jovi, Roger Waters, Kate Bush, Tina Turner, and others. He showed the continued breadth of his style with his “Emotion & Commotion” album in 2010, which included the standard “Over the Rainbow” and Puccini’s “Nesson Dorma.” The latter song won a Grammy Award, and the album peaked at number 11 on Billboard.

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