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Harry Beckett

Alyn Shipton and Chris Batchelor review the music of the late trumpeter Harry Beckett, including work from his own bands as well as with Ian Carr, Mike Westbrook and Graham Collier.

Barbados-born Harry Beckett was one of the most fiery and inventive trumpeters in British jazz, right up until his death in July this year. Chris Batchelor joins Alyn Shipton to look back at Beckett's recordings, and to pick his best performances. As well as a range of music from his own bands, the programme includes Beckett's work with Ian Carr, Mike Westbrook and Graham Collier.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 16 Oct 2010 16:00


Music Played

  • Harry Beckett

    Forgive 'N' Forget

    Composer: Beckett Performers: Harry Beckett, tp; Django Bates, p. April, 1991.

    • Passion and Possession.
    • ITM.
    • 1456.
  • West African Rhythm Brothers

    Mofi Ajobi Seyin

    Composer: West African Rhythm Brothers Performers: Ambrose Campbell, voc, perc; Harry Beckett, tp; Willy Roachford, ts; Adam Fiberesema, p; Ade Bashoroun, perc; Brewster Hughes, g.

    • London Is the Place for Me, Vol. 3.
    • Honest Jon’s.
    • HJRLP21 Side 3.
  • Graham Collier Music

    Song Six (Dirge)

    Composer: Collier Performers: Harry Beckett, fh; Bob Sydor, as; Alan Wakeman, ss; John Taylor, p; Graham Collier, b; John Webb, d. 1970.

    • Down Another Road / Songs For My Father / Mosaics.
    • BGO.
    • 767 CD 2.
  • Harry Beckett

    Flare Up

    Composer: Beckett Performers: Harry Beckett, fh; John Surman, Mike Osborn, Alan Skidmore, reeds; Frank Ricotti, vib; John Taylor, p; Chris Laurence, b; John Webb, d. 1970.

    • Flare Up.
    • Philips.
    • 6308 026 Side 1.
  • Ian Carr and Nucleus

    Spirit Level

    Composer: Carr Performers: Ian Carr, Harry Beckett, Kenny Wheeler, tp, fh; Chris Spedding, g; Brian Smith, Tony Roberts, Karl Jenkins, reeds; Jeff Clyne, Ron Matthewson, b; John Marshall, d, perc; Chris Karan, perc. 14/15 Dec 1970.

    • Solar Plexus / Belladonna.
    • BGO.
    • 566 CD 1.
  • Harry Beckett


    Composer: Beckett Performers: Harry Beckett, tp; John Taylor, p; Chris Laurence, b; John Webb, d. Aug/Sep 1971.

    • Warm Smiles.
    • RCA.
    • : 8225.
  • Mike Westbrook Orchestra

    Metropolis IX

    Composer: Westbrook Performers: Mike Westbrook, p; Norma Winstone, voc; Gary Boyle, g; Ray Warleigh, Alan Skidmore, reeds; George Khan, ts; John Warren, bs; Dave Holdsworth, Harry Beckett, Kenny Wheeler, Henry Lowther, Nigel Carter, tp, fh; Derek Wadsworth, Paul Nieman, Malcolm Griffiths, tb; Geoff Perkins, btb; John Taylor, ep; Chris Laurence, b; Alan Jackson, John Marshall, d. Landsdowne Studios, 3 – 5 Aug 1971.

    • Metropolis.
    • BGO.
    • 454.
  • Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath

    Camel Dance

    Composer: Chris McGregor Performers: Harry Beckett, Marc Charig, Mongezi Feza, tp; Nick Evans, Radu Malfatti, tb; Dudu Pukwana, as; Evan Parker, Gary Windo, ts; Chris McGregor, p; Harry Miller, b; Louis Moholo, d. Willisau Jazz Festival, Switzerland, 27 Jan 1973.

    • Live At Willisau.
    • Ogun.
    • CD 001.
  • Robert Wyatt


    Composer: Puebla / Fernandez Performers: Robert Wyatt, v; Harry Beckett, fh; Bill McCormick, b; 1982.

    • Nothing Can Stop Us.
    • Domino.
    • 42.
  • Temple of Sound & Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali - Paradise Of Nada (Remix)

    Composer: Dubulah / M. Khan/ R. Khan / Maxwell / Sparkes / Sherwood Performers: Harry Beckett, fh; Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali. 2003.

  • Harry Beckett Quintet

    Forgive 'N' Forget

    Composer: Beckett Performers: Harry Beckett, tp, fh; Chris Biscoe, as, ss; Alastair Gavin, p; Fred T. Baker, b; Tony Marsh, d. The Band On The Wall, Manchester, 25 Feb 1999.

    • Before And After.
    • Voiceprint.
    • JPVP107CD.


  • Sat 16 Oct 2010 16:00