Gordon Beck Trio - Gyroscope
In 1962 he joined Tubby Hayes’ band before his own trio became the house band at Ronnie Scott’s in the late 1960’s. In 1969, as part of a trio with Jeff Clyne (also a Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott’s veteran) and Tony Oxley (previously Ronnie Scott’s house drummer), he made his only recording for the tiny Morgan label - the Gyroscope album.
Between 1969 and 1972 he was a member of Phil Woods’ European Rhythm Machine, bringing him to international attention. After that he formed his own band, named after the Morgan album, whilst also working as a session musician with such stars as Lena Horne, Gary Burton, Clark Terry and Charles Tolliver. He recorded too in 1969 with guitarist Allan Holdsworth, a relationship that continued on and off for a number of years. In the mid-1970’s he went on to record with Ian Carr’s group Nucleus, and continued to perform solo and as a member of various trios in the following decades.