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Joy Unlimited

by Harry Beckett

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Beautiful 6 panel gatefold digipack featuring the original album with photos from Jak Kilby, remastered from the original tapes at Gearbox Studio

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  • Limited Edition 12" Vinyl
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    *limited edition pressing of 500
    *remastered audio by Caspar @ Gearbox Records
    *New sleeve notes by The Many Faces of Harry Beckett author John Thurlow
    *first ever reissue on vinyl

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about

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.

credits

released August 7, 2020

Harry Beckett: trumpet, flugelhorn; Ray Russell: guitar; Brian Miller: piano, electric piano, synthesiser; Darryl Runswick: bass, bass guitar; Nigel Morris: drums; Martin David: congas

All compositions by Harry Beckett, published by Cadillac Music & Publishing Ltd.

Recorded at Chalk Farm Studio, London on 12 March 1974, engineered by Vic Keary

Originally issued on LP as SGC 1004 in 1975, produced by John Jack

Produced for reissue in 2020 by Mike Gavin • Mastered by Caspar Sutton-Jones at Gearbox Records

Cover rehash & additional artwork by David Ilic

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Harry Beckett London, UK

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.
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