February 22, 2011. Pulp Fiction's surreal and nostalgic scene of big cars, Buddy Holly and fast finger guitars comes to life in Jeff Beck's latest effort "Rock 'n' Roll Party (Honoring Les Paul)." Recent Grammy winner Jeff Beck follows up his blockbuster masterpiece "Emotion and Commotion" with a step back in time to the roots of rock and roll showcasing his guitar mastery on twenty one tracks with classic covers. The album/DVD is a tribute to the late Les Paul pioneer of the electric guitar and innovator of modern music as we know it today.
Recorded live at the Iridium Jazz Club in June 2010, Mr. Beck pairs up with British singer/guitarist Darrel Higham on several tracks breathing the heart and soul of Elvis into "Double Talkin' Baby", "Crusin'" and The Yardbirds classic "The Train Kept A-Rollin'." Brian Setzer of former band Stray Cats infuses the rock and roll that defines this album.
|photo by Sally Rosen - Official Fan Club, Inc.|
"Rock 'n' Roll Party" takes a twist into jazz with "Cry Me A River" featuring Irish rockabilly blues singer Imelda May. With her smooth and sultry vocals, Imelda May steps into the ephemeral shoes of Patsy Cline with ease on "Vaya Con Dios" and "I'm a Fool to Care" and steals the stage along with Jeff Beck's powerful and moving guitar solo on "Walking in the Sand."
The high energy "Peter Gunn" with its big brass and cool cat syncopation is a dazzler on this album as jazz keys Jason Rebello and Trombone Shorty kick it up a notch. The addition of "Sleepwalk" and Jeff Beck's guitar magnificence as he crescendos into high pitch harmonics is mesmerizing. Surprise performance by special guest Gary U.S. Bonds on "New Orleans" with screaming sax solo is a highlight of the album and indeed encapsulates what is a rock 'n' roll party!
Get Jeff Beck Rock'n'Roll Party: Honoring Les Paul [Blu-ray] and download the album on iTunes