By: Gary Graff
Though he says he's “two years behind” schedule on his next album, Jeff Beck already has an idea about what he's going to do.
Beck tells us the follow-up to 2010's Emotion and Commotion will incorporate musical styles from the Middle East and Ireland, making use of current band members such as guitarist Nicolas Meier and violinist/vocalist Lizzie Ball:
"I've recruited a new set of players in my band after a lot of deliberation. This...waiting game paid off, and I have a great drummer, bass player and violinist and a great guitarist who I've never had on stage with me, ever, never had a rhythm guitarist, but he's more than that. He has a Turkish style, Middle Eastern flavor, and we're writing stuff with that and trying to probe the depths of some Turkish scales, just do something different. We could easily do a rock album, but so could a million other people. I'm trying to absorb some of the more interesting movements that are available in some Eastern music, Middle Eastern...and Ireland is another place with powerful emotional melodies. So it's gonna take time."
Beck says he's already recorded a demo for one new song and plans to get back to work in earnest on the album after his current tour with Brian Wilson wraps up October 30. Beck also plays on Wilson's new album, which is expected out in 2014.
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