JEFF BECK - ROCK 'N' ROLL PARTY HONORING LES PAUL
Available in both DVD and CD, this live concert is Beck's tribute to his friend and hero, guitar pioneer Les Paul, who passed away a couple of years ago. Beck knew the kind of music Paul appreciated, and put together a crack band to cover old rock'n'roll hits, plus a good selection of classic Les Paul and Mary Ford hits. Joining him were guests Imelda May, Brian Setzer, Gary U.S. Bonds and Trombone Shorty. Best of all, it took place at a tiny club, New York's 300-seat Iridium, where Paul famously played every Monday night, well into his 90's.
Beck steals the show at his own party. He can't help it. He loves to play, and loves to play this stuff. May and Darrel Higham, two retro-rockers from England, share vocals, and do a great job on the classics, including Baby Let's Play House, Rock Around The Clock, Shake, Rattle & Roll, and Cry Me A River. But on every song, the master takes a solo, and blows everyone, including you dear viewer, away. To see him play with such joy and love is a brilliant thing. Best of all are the instrumentals, including Peter Gunn, Apache and Sleep Walk, plus a stunning version of The Shangri-La's Remember (Walking In The Sand), which sounds like it could have been a brand-new hit.