If you are reading this, then you’re into guitars and if you’re into guitars then you no doubt know of the passing of guitar legend Jeff Beck. There are plenty of online articles and videos that have gone into Beck’s life and amazing playing so I am just gonna present what I consider to be some of the more interesting and unique examples of the genius of Jeff Beck.
An amazing version of the Mingus tune Goodby Pork Pie Hat from B.B. King Blues Club And Grill sometime in 2006.
Jeff Beck – Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
The clip below is pretty well known among guitar geeks. From Eric Clapton’s Crossroads concert in 2007, a version of Cause We Ended As Lovers that features an epic bass solo from the then 21 year old Tal Wilkenfeld. Bonus points for the Bill Murray intro.
Jeff Beck – Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers – Crossroads 2007
From the same show, a cover of the Billy Cobham tune Status.
Jeff Beck – Stratus- Crossroads 2007
The next group of clips show how well Jeff played with others. From a 2002 in London with John McLaughlin guesting on the modern jazz standard Django.and the Beck tune Scatterbrain.
Jeff Beck and John McLaughlin – Royal Festival Hall, London 9/14/2002
Jeff Beck with Stevie Wonder playin Superstion at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary. Priceless moment at 1:26 – Stevie yelling “Jeff, do your thing son”. Jeff proceeds to melt faces.
Stevie Wonder and Jeff Beck Perform “Superstition”
After being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by his old friend Jimmy Page, Beck rips into the classic Beck’s Bolero with Jimmy joining him mid way for an Immigrant Song teaser before coming back to Bolero. Epic.
Jeff Beck performs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Induction Ceremony 2009
Jeff Beck joining The Rolling Stones on their opening show of the 50 and Counting tour in 2012 in London.
The Rolling Stones – Going Down – with Jeff Beck – live 2012
This is from a 2019 Rod Stewart show in Los Angeles. After Stewart’s solo set, Beck joined his former bandmate for a five song encore. This, in a word, is amazing.
Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck – full set – live -[BEST AUDIO]- Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles CA – 9/27/19
This is the famous guest appearance of Jeff Beck during Bowie’s last performance as Ziggy Stardust.
David Bowie with Jeff Beck – The Jean Genie – Hammersmith Odeon – London – July 3, 1973
In case you need more of the man, here is an excellent documentary of Jeff Beck from 2015.
Jeff Beck – A Man For All Seasons: In the ’60s
R.I.P Jeff Beck