Guitarist Jeff Beck sure has come a long way since his days in The Yardbirds. The soon to be 66-year-old Enlighman has went from guitarist to rock star and become a bone fide legend of the six string.
While on his 40-plus year musical journey, Beck has played just about every style of music on the guitar you can think of. In his latter years, Beck has embraced the legendary career of solid body electric guitar inventor Kes Paul.
His lastest release, “Jeff Beck: Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul” has made it to DVD after first airing on PBS. The show was filmed at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City where Les Paul played weekly for nearly his entire life. The monumental show took place on June 9th, the 95th birthday of the late Les Paul. Beck lined up an all-star cast of guest muscians tp play the song of Les Paul along with other early rock ‘n’ roll classic.
Beck is joined throughout the night by admirers of Les Paul including Gary U.S. Bonds, Brian Setzer and Trombone Shorty, just to name a few. Throughout the night, Beck was joined by the lovely and talented Irish rockabilly singer Imelda May and her band, led by guitarist and singer Darrel Higham.
With the club’s intimate setting it has the perfect feel for the night when Higham opens the show with trio of classics including “Train Kept Rollin,” then May takes the stage looking gorgeous in her red dress. When she starts singing she takes over with her flawless super club-style vocal which has the audience in the palm of her hand. She and Beck, with his inspired Les Paul playing take the audience and the viewers at home back to a simpler time when music was alluring, artistic and from the heart.
From the moment the band opens the show with the classi “Baby Let’s Play House,” you know you are in for a legendary event. Throughout the 27 songs, the band is flawless ripping through Les Paul classics mixed in with other classics of the day such as “Cry Me A River;” “My Baby Left Me;” “ How High The Moon;” “Tiger Rag;”” Peter Gunn,” the is spectacular.
The show closes with a rousing version of the Bill Haley classics “Rock Around The Clock” and “Shake, Rattle & Roll,” which includes a full stage of all the nights players.
“Jeff Beck: Rock & Roll Party: Honoring Les Paul” has a showcase of stunning musicianship playing truly great songs. Throughout the night the crowd erupted with praise of the rockin’ good time and at points you can see stars in the audience such as David Bowie, Meat Loaf, Steven Van Zandt, Paul Shaffer, Kirk Hammett, and Nils Lofgren. Without a doubt, this is one of the best DVDs I’ve seen in a long time. There is no flash, big production or special effects….it’s only rock ‘n’ roll.