Jeff Beck Performing This Week... Live at Ronnie Scott's

Jeff Beck Performing This Week... Live at Ronnie Scott's
Of the three pioneering British rock guitarists of the '60s - Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page - Beck may just be the best technical player. He never pursued the rock fame game with the single-mindedness of his peers but his reputation as a genuine virtuoso has remained intact. It is in evidence on this, surprisingly his first ever "in concert" music DVD. It's set in famed London jazz club Ronnie Scott's, and guests Joss Stone (who shines on soul classic "People Get Ready"), the charming Imogen Heap and Clapton drop by to help out. They bring some welcome variety after a first half that sticks to Beck's instrumental side. Some of the fusion sounds seem a little dated now (especially the keyboards) but Beck's fretwork remains top-notch, as in the blistering slide work on signature tune "Beck's Bolero" (from his groundbreaking first solo album, Truth ). A lyrical version of Beatles classic "A Day In The Life" is another highlight. Beck is known as a fairly introverted performer, so there's not much intimate banter with the audience. He's clearly enjoying himself though, as confirmed in the interesting interview footage that's a bonus feature here. (Eagle Rock)