[VIDEO] Late Night Jazz: Jeff Beck, Tal Wilkenfeld & Vinnie Colaiuta, Live at Ronnie Scott’s – London, 2007

Stratus, and Cause We Ended As Lovers
Ronnie scott’s London 2007

The DVD at Amazon: Jeff Beck: Live at Ronnie Scott’s

This is the performance that introduced a lot of people to bassist Tal Wilkenfeld. Very young at the time (around 22) and enormous talent. Great chops, tasteful, soulful (with an album of her own, too) with a fully developed knowledge of jazz, blues, and funk history, and natural confidence. Her tour with Jeff Beck during that period turned the music world upside down, no one expecting to see a side-player so young, that no one had ever heard of.  Between this performance, and the Crossroads Guitar Festival shows in Chicago, Wilkenfeld established herself as a solid player and stirred quite a buzz. From her website:

Perhaps her remarkable musical gift is best summed up by Jeff Beck, who enthused,

“What can I say about Tal Wilkenfeld? How does one describe an astonishing talent? The answer is, you don’t. You listen, and watch, as 45,000 people did in Chicago at the Crossroads Festival 2007. I have witnessed special moments in my time, but to see all those ‘dyed-in-the-wool’ blues fanatics and guitar freaks go berzzzzerk half way through her solo left me emotional, and that is an understatement. The word proud is barely adequate.”

Widely hailed as “the rising star of the bass guitar,” Tal Wilkenfeld first picked up guitar at the age of 14, in her native Sydney, Australia. She soon realized her passion and decided to pursue music professionally in the United States. After six months of studying guitar in Los Angeles, Tal found her true calling, and switched to the bass…

…Very quickly, Tal started performing as a sideman and bandleader, playing with the likes of Russell Ferrante, Kenwood Dennard, Hiram Bullock, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Leni Stern, Susan Tedeschi, and the Allman Brothers Band

…At just 21, she accompanied jazz giant Chick Corea on his tour of Australia. One month later, guitar legend Jeff Beck asked her to join him on a European Summer Tour. The Beck tour culminated at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival, where Jeff featured Tal with a blistering solo on “Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers.” Many regard this as one of the highlights of the show. That track, along with “Big Block,” are featured on the DVD “Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007.” 

Four months later, Jeff asked Tal to perform with him on a series of shows in London, where they were joined by special guests Eric Clapton and Joss Stone. This concert was recorded and came out on CD in November 2008 as “Performing This Week…Live at Ronnie Scott’s.” All about Jazz adds:

“There are plenty of bassists with staggering technique and chops, but few can make the instrument truly sing, as Wilkenfeld does on Beck’s CD during an all-stops-out solo on Stevie Wonder’s “‘Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers.”

On the same trip to England, Tal joined Herbie Hancock on a session with fellow jazz icon Wayne Shorter, which was filmed for the A&E TV series “Live from Abbey Road.” Singer Corinne Bailey Rae and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta were also featured on the session…

Jeff Beck, Tal Wilkenfeld & Vinnie Colaiuta – YouTube


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