Harry Beckett - Mixing It


Sample ImageA longstanding presence on the London jazz scene, trumpeter Harry Beckett has kept his music fresh over a long career and none more so than on his latest release which invites reggae and dance music influences to happily live alongside his modal jazz flavours. Duncan Heining talks to Harry about his current preoccupations and looks back on a career stretching back to the 1960s.

The Modern Sound of Harry Beckett is going to surprise a lot of people. You’re more likely to hear it echoing out the door of a hip night club or booming from a car driven by some twenty-something than from the deck of one of Harry’s more mainstream fans. Nils Petter Molvær, Bugge Wesseltoft, maybe some of those guys from the F-ire Collective. You might have expected something like that from them but not from Harry Beckett. Yet, like all his work, this album is defined as ever by the class of Harry’s playing and the beauty of his music.  

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