A guitar god on the order of Eric Clapton (who he replaced in the Yardbirds back in the Pleistocene Era of the 1960s), Jeff Beck is a genuine virtuoso with a chameleonic tendency to veer from scorching hard-rock infernos to blues, electronica, funk, fusion, melodic jazz, and most stops in between. Beck's latest, Emotion & Commotion, makes a mind-boggling stretch from Benjamin Britten to Harold Arlen, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and Puccini. His guitar work is mostly laid-back, exquisitely lyrical stuff amid orchestral arrangements, and contributions from jazz singer Imelda May and opera singer Olivia Safe. "Hammerhead" builds up a sizable rock-fusion head of steam, and Hawkins's classic "I Put a Spell on You" sports some flashes of guitar lightning while Joss Stone belts the lyrics. Prepare to be blown away in multiple ways. (Photo by Mandy Hall)
Sun., April 17, 7:30 p.m., 2011
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