6 September 2014 Kip
Gerald Beckett’s instrumental expertise lies with the flute. He has traveled around the country, particularly on the coasts, playing at some of the hottest jazz clubs. His harmonious playing style is fully on display with THE MESSENGER, which he plays alongside a seven piece band. The songs here are a mix of original songs and covers, including Lee Morgan’s “Anticlimax” and Bud Powell’s “Tempus Fugit” as well as the original piece “Sunset Place.” The music incorporates a variety of different influences. “Lupe’s Ride” has a percolating Cuban sound, while “Mr. Softee” has more of a classic hard bop sound. Most of the songs are peppy with a dash of swing, making for a very vibrant listening experience. The biggest highlight is Beckett’s flute, which deftly maneuvers through each song with serpentine grace.