I’ll go out on a short limb by inferring that legendary guitar god Jeff Beck’s 2008 release recorded over five nights at London’s fabled Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club looms as the artist’s finest album in years. No doubt it ranks among the upper echelon of his historic and altogether time-honored discography. That said, Beck’s performances at this club with a superior band, featuring all-star session drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, who merges blitzing firepower fire with the appropriate components of rhythmic finesse. Moreover, Beck and his associates profess a higher level of authority to complement their aggressive improvisational methodologies.
Armed with his white Fender Stratocaster, Beck provides a revitalized tour of his best of works such as "Beck’s Bolero," "Where Were You" and 14 other gems. The artist generates a killer version of drummer Billy Cobham’s jazz-fusion classic "Stratus." And, of course, Beck makes his guitar cry, howl, weep and talk unlike any other. It’s all abetted by bassist Tal Wilkenfield’s buoyantly executed patterns amid keyboardist Jason Rebello’s polytonal keys and darting synth lines.
Beck revisits his now classic spin on jazz great, Charles Mingus’ "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" and spices it up with an impacting blues-rocker titled "Brush With The Blues." At times, Colaiuta acts as an accelerator via his near flawless polyrhythmic beats and turbo-mode soloing jaunts. Nonetheless, the guitarist enacts a democratic engagement within the various song-forms and movements. Ultimately, you can feel the energy bursting through your audio speakers. As the group’s stunning karma translates into thrills a minute as they say.... Hence, Beck fans should be reveling with glee! And the companion DVD is scheduled for release in 2009.