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Jim Beard


Jim Beard - Song Of The Sun - 1991 - CTI Records

Whether you classify this album as smooth jazz, jazz fusion, or New Age, the music is brilliant played by Jim Beard, one of the very finest keyboard players of the last 50 years, and a cast of musicians including Wayne Shorter, Michael Brecker, Toots Thielemans, Jon Herington, Anthony Jackson, Victor Bailey, Dennis Chambers, Kenny Aronoff, Ben Perowski, Mino Cinelu and Don Alias. The album CD received much critical acclaim on it's release, and it's a tightly orchestrated, highly original, and very enjoyable album. Check out Jim Beard's "Revolutions" album


1 Camieff 5:13
2 Parsley Trees 6:48
3 Song Of The Sun 5:48
4 Holodeck Waltz 5:07
5 Diana 6:24
6 Baker's Annex 5:54
7 Haydel Bay 1:45
8 Lucky Charms 5:22
9 Long Bashels 6:49
10 Sweet Bumps 5:02
11 Crossing Troll Bridge 5:10

All tracks composed by Jim Beard


Jim Beard - Synthesizer, Piano, Vocals, Drums (Snare), Fender Rhodes
Jon Herington - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar
Victor Bailey - Bass
Kenny Aronoff - Drums
Ben Perowsky - Drums, Drums (Bass)
Dennis Chambers - Cymbals, Drums
Mino Cinelu - Percussion, Castanets, Drums, Djembe, Whistle
Don Alias - Percussion
Michael Brecker - Sax (Tenor)
Wayne Shorter - Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor)
Bob Mintzer - Flute, Clarinet (Bass), Sax (Soprano)
Bob Carlisle - French Horn
Toots Thielemans - Harmonica


James Arthur Beard (born August 26, 1960 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American jazz pianist, contemporary instrumental composer, arranger and record producer. Jim Beard is best known as a performer, writer and producer who has had long standing working relationships with artists like Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin, Jon Herington, Mike Stern, Pat Metheny and Steely Dan. Jim was born in Philadelphia and developed a keen interest in music from a very early age. He first wanted to play tuba (at age 5), then drums and saxophone shortly after. His parents decided that he should start with piano and move to the other instruments later. He began with piano at age seven and his classical teacher for almost twelve years was Mary Anne Rietz. As a teenager, he studied arranging with Don Sebesky and jazz piano with Roland Hanna and also studied privately with George Shearing for several years. He credits as strong influences during his teen teen years Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Erroll Garner and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra as well as Elton John, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan and Earth Wind and Fire. He also studied clarinet, saxophone and double bass all before the age of 15. He took his first overseas tour at the age of sixteen with The American Youth Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Hal Schiff. Jim attended Indiana University studying jazz under David Baker and classical piano under John Ogden earning a BMD and the highly coveted ‘Performers Certificate’. While in university, Jim performed professionally with jazz artists such as Slide Hampton and Red Rodney and was in a bar band who's members included Jon Herington, Kenny Aronoff, Bob Hurst and Chris Botti. Jim's musical influences in his college years were Herbie Hancock, Wynton Kelly and Prince. Jim moved to New York in 1985 and quickly established himself in the contemporary jazz community. Within a year of arriving, he became a touring member of John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra , started working relationships with Bill Evans and Mike Stern and had recorded with Dave Liebman. He also began producing many successful recordings for artists such as Mike Stern, Bob Berg. Bill Evans and Eliane Elias. In 1986 he began a working relationship with Wayne Shorter that lasted until 2000. In 1988 he became a member of John Scofield’s band and he toured the world in 1992/1993 with Pat Metheny’s ‘Secret Story’ project. Jim established himself as a writer during his early New York period by contributing compositions to Michael Brecker and John McLaughlin recordings. Jim is noted for a uniquely eclectic and often whimsical compositional style which can run the spectrum from rich and deeply wild to melodic and childlike. His compositions and arrangements can incorporate elements of humor, unpredictability and classical forms. Many of Beard's compositions have been recorded by top jazz artists, for example "The Wait" by John McLaughlin; "Riddle Me This" by Bob Berg; "In The Hat" by Victor Bailey; "Ode to the Doo Da Day", "Quiet City" and "The Gentleman and Hizcaine" by Michael Brecker and "I'll Miss You" by Bill Evans. Throughout the 90s and 2000’s, Jim Beard has remained very active performing, writing and producing. He is considered to be the ‘musicians musician’ and has worked in the studio and on stage with Victor Bailey, Rosa Passos, Ralph Bowen, Jon Herington, Steve Vai, Madeleine Peyroux, John Mayer, Walter Becker, Richard Bona, Esperanza Spalding, Steely Dan, Meshell Ndegeocello, Al Jarreau, Dizzy Gillespie. Chris Botti, David Sanborn, Bela Fleck, Larry Carlton, Vince Mendoza and Kenny Garrett taking on musical responsibilities that range from playing piano to programming computer sequencer music to producing. Jim has released five solo recordings: “Song of the Sun” in 1990 that featured Wayne Shorter and Michael Brecker. “Lost at the Carnival” in 1995. “Truly” in 1997, “Advocate” in 2000 and "Revolutions" in 2008. His music productions and compositions have been nominated for seven Grammy awards and Jim won a Grammy in 2007 as a featured performer on 'Some Skunk Funk' (Randy and Michael Brecker). Jim Beard has taught at Berklee College of Music in Boston, The Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, The Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland and The Aaron Copland School of Music in New York. He has taught graduate level arranging and composing, improvisation, applied piano, ensemble and has also been juror and mentor for doctoral students. © 2007-2010 Mahalo.com Incorporated http://www.mahalo.com/jim-beard


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Gina said...

howdy! been a while. came here via a friend in New York who pointed out a tune written by Jim Beard, recorded in Victor Bailey's album. i found your site and i do not have this album yet. now i have. have not posted anything in Mizar6 for a long time, but have a nice surprise i am going to post in a second...

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hey,Gina! It's been too long. Love your Bodhisattva (& Irish friend)!Your Mizar 6 articles are very conspicuous by their absence! E-mail me or vice versa soon. P.S: Where's the new Mizar 6 post?! TTU soon, G. Keep well...P