Ron E. Beck's Smokin' New Self-Titled CD!

“Ron E. Beck’s CD is a really soulful endeavor by a guy that truly knows what soul is. One of the premier drummers of the Bay Area for decades, he now has acquired a seasoning to his voice that is really quite remarkable; somewhere between Johnny Taylor and Philippe Wynne of the Spinners with a 'low down' quality akin to Johnny "Guitar" Watson. The song writing and production on this recording is top notch.”
– Emilio Castillo – Bandleader, Tower of Power


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Ron E. Beck's Smokin' New Self-Titled CD! -
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… still changing the lineup, gonna add another song or two before we really release it. -ReB
One Sheet
- Brief description of each song:

1. Been A Long Time
This song features my grandson, SVO Ronnie singing some adlibs and giving the track a youthful sound only a 16 year can deliver.

2. In the Neighborhood
Ron and his wife Sadie were invited to a pool party around the corner which turned out to be a freak show and lots of fun!

3. Mon Potiron (My Pumpkin)
Ron E.’s first endeavor at writing an instrumental. The title is French for my pumpkin. Beck wrote this one for his first born daughter, Ronnette. It features Robbie Benson on piano and Danny Hull on alto saxophone.

4. Doing the Best I Can
Reminiscing his childhood, Beck’s sister, Carol supplied the Foley intro while paying homage to their Mother and Grandmother. This is a throwback to ghetto childhood in the 60s.

5. Dock of the Bay
The Otis Redding and Steve Cropper classic with a harmonic twist and serious guitar tracks really rocks.

6. We Should Be Together
Ron’s good friend, Skylark penned this one for Beck and his wife after attending their wedding renewal vows in Las Vegas. Al Green would certainly love to have recorded this one himself. Tammi Brown and Ron E supplied the background vocals on this one.

7. (Clavé) Why Can’t We Live Together
This Timmy Thomas classic from 1972 has been emulated with special attention to the original arrangement. This is truly a great song. Beck is joined by Sammy Orozco II and Renee Batres on vocals.

8. Give Me Jesus
This is a traditional gospel song which features Beck’s daughter Teresa and granddaughter, Christiana in the choir singing. Ron’s good friend Will Russ Jr. is also in the choir.

9. Save Me
Ron E., his twin brother Donnie and a couple of OG’s wrote this one on the spot in the studio. This is a throwback to some 70’s R&B for sure. Gregg Crockett supplies the lead vocal, nice.

10. Sparkling In the Sand
As you all may know, I was the drummer for the Tower of Power and 2 albums on CBS, Ain’t Nothing Stopping Us Now and We Came to Play. Beck is paying tribute to the guys with his instrumental version of their famed hit, Sparkling in the Sand. Incidentally, Ron’s 19 year old granddaughter, kRsE is featured on the flute on this one.

11. Jump Ball
Ron E. on drums, Donnie Beck on organ, Gregg Crockett on guitar and Rustee Allen from Sly and the Family Stone on bass are funking the hell out the rhythm section while Fred Wesley and the boys are throwing down some serious horns. This is what you could call some big city funk! Yes, it’s the Fred Wesley from the James Brown Horns and Funkadelic!

I am really proud of this endeavor and the contributions all the fine musicians and singers gave to this record. I have self-titled this album because of how much effort and attention to detail was paid in the making.


Ron E . . .

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R-L: Sammy Ron E. Clay Blyss Tim Robbie

Ron E Beck Soul Revue Band Biography

Ron E. Beck - Leader, Drums & Lead Vocals:
Ron E Beck has been a pillar in the Bay Area music scene for decades. After moving to San Jose, CA from Omaha, NE in 1971 Beck has recorded and toured with the likes of John Lee Hooker 1971, 2 albums Free Beer & Chicken and Never Get Out Of This Blues Alive, Tower of Power 1975 – 1978 and 2 albums, Ain’t Nothing Stopping Us Now and We Came to Play, Bell & James 1979, Living It Up Friday Night, Bill Withers, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., Bobby Womack, Clifford Coulter, Chester Thompson, Sister Monica and written and produced for several artists over the past 30 years. Beck is renowned and well respected for his drumming, singing, songwriting and production talent. He now has a new band of young upcoming musicians that he is mentoring and teaching music the way we did it back-in-the-day. Ron is carrying on the tradition of the singing drummers like, Buddy Miles, Phil Collins, Maurice White, Teddy Pendergrass and even Marvin Gaye.

Samuel Orozco, Jr. - Guitar & Vocals
Sammy is a young fiery guitarist with a unique blend of Soul, Rock and Blues that turns heads every time he performs. When he solos you can feel the passion coming through his amplifier and the soul in his funk when he plays rhythm guitar. He is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Sammy has been co-producer on the latest self-titled CD Ron E. Beck in-between being a successful restauranteur and songwriter-producer for other artists.

Tim Landis - Guitar
Tim is a veteran guitarist with a repertoire that is unmatched. He knows everything from the classic Motown and Stax rhythms to Frank Sinatra and everything in between. Tim is a Master player and performer. Beck and the group consider him the anchor of the band. They have nicknamed him the ‘Cleaner’. Landis is also a first call studio musician.

Ted Blyss Gould - Bass & Vocals
Blyss, as we call him is a find. He has the tone of any master bassist out there and the feel of them all. Ted’s performance in the studio is signature all the way. Blyss is also the band comedian with an infectious personality. He performs with Zigaboo Modeliste, the drummer for the classic R&B group the Meters. ‘B’ is immediately any drummer’s friend. Gould is also a classroom teacher and has a series of online bass lessons.

Robbie Benson - Keyboards & Vocals
Robbie is the youngest member of the group. At 26 he has the musical knowledge of someone twice his age. Robbie’s father was a master keyboardist who made sure his son was well steeped in the history of jazz and R&B from a gone by era. Robbie’s rhythm and solos are seasoned with taste and experience that will compliment any singer’s desires. Rob pays attention to the music and whatever groove the band may land on. We are honored to have him in the group for sure. Benson is also an international award-winning filmmaker with several short and feature films to his credit.

Clarence Bandy, Jr. - Drums & Vocals
Clay, as we refer to him is another youngster with what we call big pockets. He understands the groove and really knows how to lay it down consistently. Clay is Ron’s protégé and is learning what the groove is all about from an Old Skool perspective. His timing is immaculate as are his fills and dynamics in any given song. Beck would say, “When I go out front to sing the groove ain’t missing nothing . . .” Clay keeps himself busy performing drummer and DJ shows, as a live DJ and handling gig promotions to fill his schedule.

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