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Tim Garland: Songs To The North Sky

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So much of multi-reedist Tim Garland's recorded output takes nature as its inspiration. The eternal symphony of the sea, the theatre of sky, light and air and the vistas that have accompanied Garland's twenty plus years on the road are ever-present in his works; Songs to the North Sky is no exception. The first of two discs features Garland's Lighthouse project in tight quartet settings, while the second disc comprises “Songs to the North Sky"-- an epic orchestral suite that refines and expands the symphonic ambition of the four-part “Frontier" suite with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from the outstanding Libra ...

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Tim Garland: Beyond the Frontier

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Composer, arranger and multi-reed virtuoso Tim Garland is a treasure the nation of the UK has yet to fully recognize. Having recorded a dozen albums in his own name, and arranged for and played in the groups of Chick Corea and Bill Bruford, Garland's pedigree as one of the leading jazz saxophonist/composers of his generation is unquestionable. In addition, his collaborations with the country's finest musical institutions, including the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, set him apart as one of the UK's most progressive modern composers. Few musicians have such pedigree or such an abundance of talent, ...

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Tim Garland's Lighthouse Trio in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia

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Tim Garland's Lighthouse Trio Alexis BistroKuala Lumpar, Malaysia September 26, 2009

It took a few numbers for the wining and dining crowd at the cozy, candle-lit Alexis Bistro to realize that Tim Garland's Lighthouse Trio was something a bit special. Slowly but surely the chatter abated and was replaced by a silence that framed this quite scintillating musical performance.

The gradual enchantment of the audience began with the opening notes from Garland's bass clarinet, echoing back via the effects box-like, a sorcerer's spell, and heralding the familiar refrain of ...

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Tim Garland: Libra

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The line between jazz and classical music is being increasingly blurred--or, in the case of the multidisciplinary Tim Garland, erased entirely. The British reedman began experimenting with fusing the two disciplines on Rising Tide (Sirocco, 2003), where he both wrote for his trio and a string quartet upfront, and scored strings around a solo saxophone improvisation. Garland expanded the concept further on the sweeping If the Sea Replied (Sirocco, 2005), a suite for the Northern Sinfonia Strings and his new Lighthouse Trio, featuring piano wunderkind Gwilym Simcock and equally intrepid percussionist, Asaf Sirkis. Libra expands on If ...

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Tim Garland: Libra

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The adventurous two-disc Libra features saxophonist Tim Garland heavily entrenched in trio territory. He is joined by rising star Gwilym Simcock on piano and versatile percussionist Asaf Sirkis, with guest appearances from zany guitarist Paul Bollenback and London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Expansive, well-structured pieces are the record's mainstay, with a tasteful sprinkling of standards. Known for sideman work with names including Chick Corea, Joe Locke, Bill Bruford, and many of the UK's finest, Garland here speaks an advanced compositional language to match his fiery presence on saxophones and bass clarinet. As in any group of this nature, the Lighthouse Trio ...

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Tim Garland: Libra

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Listening to British reed player Tim Garland, it's easy to be reminded of saxophonist Sonny Rollins' remark, decades ago, about Stan Tracey, the Ronnie Scott's house pianist who accompanied Rollins on many of his appearances at the London club. “Does anybody here realise how good he is?" asked Rollins rhetorically. Happily, times have changed and many Brits do realise how good Garland is, but there remains the suspicion that were he an American, half the country would be genuflecting before him.

A magisterial tenor and soprano saxophonist and bass clarinetist, Garland is also a richly atmospheric composer and ...

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Tim Garland: Due North

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Whitley Bay is not one of the world's great centers of jazz, but saxophonist Tim Garland's move to this town in English north-east has resulted in the creation of this fine album of big band jazz and hopefully there will be more to come.

Due North is a genuine big band album, with a core of 13 players augmented by keyboard player Gwilym Simcock on four tracks and vocalist Hannah Jones on three. Garland formed his first Underground Orchestra in London in 2000. His move to Whitely Bay has enabled him to establish an Orchestra in which players from the ...

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Northern Sinfonia / Tim Garland / Chick Corea: The Mystery: Orchestral Music by Tim Garland

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That musicians primarily connected to the jazz world possess greater stylistic multiplicity is nothing new. Nor is the concept of adapting jazz material to symphonic contexts. But British woodwind multi- instrumentalist Tim Garland is a rarity--an innovative improviser and composer who studied classical composition before shifting into performance and jazz at the age of twenty. His discography as a leader has largely focused on jazz, but the first signs of Garland's broader interests show up on Rising Tide (Sirocco, 2003), where his Storms/Nocturnes trio is augmented with a string quartet on two tracks. The ambitious If the Sea Replied (Sirocco, ...

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Bill Bruford / Tim Garland: Earthworks Underground Orchestra

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Bill Bruford forged his reputation as a relentless pioneer striving to advance the art of percussion. Using odd times and improvisation in rock or exploring with electronic drums, he sought to challenge both his self-expression and the drummer's role. Since 1986, his primary outlet as a composer and bandleader has been Earthworks. What began as an electro-acoustic quartet has become strictly acoustic, bringing him back to his early love: jazz. To celebrate this twenty-year anniversary, Bruford and his latest saxophone foil, Tim Garland, put together a nine-piece outfit with top American musicians for a five-night run at ...

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Bill Bruford / Tim Garland: Earthworks Underground Orchestra

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Although jazz has left behind its America-centricity and become a more international language, a mysterious chasm still exists between the American and UK jazz scenes. For every artist like Kenny Wheeler who has achieved American recognition, a dozen others have not. But with Earthworks Underground Orchestra, drummer Bill Bruford and woodwind multi-instrumentalist Tim Garland narrow the gap, proving that swing is more than a defined rhythm--it's a feel, with an expanding definition.

Bruford's 1980s electro-acoustic Earthworks quartet began a gradual move away from his art rock background with King Crimson and Yes; the late-1990s acoustic Earthworks signaled a more concerted ...

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Tim Garland: If the Sea Replied

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He's still in his early forties, so it may seem premature for British woodwind multi-instrumentalist Tim Garland to create a consolidating work that summarizes his musical experiences to date. But Garland's involvement in projects like the contemporary post bop of Chick Corea's Origin and Bill Bruford's Earthworks, the chamber jazz of his own Storms/Nocturnes trio, and the Celtic-meets-contemporary jazz of the now-defunct Lammas suggests he's already covered significant territory.

Even that's only part of the story. Garland has been immersed in classical studies, in addition to citing stylistic genre-busters Oregon and Paul Motian Trio as seminal ...

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Tim Garland: If the Sea Replied

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Tim Garland's wider profile probably stems from the reed player's work with Chick Corea, Bill Bruford's Earthworks, and his trio with Joe Locke and Geoff Keezer. Yet he has an extensive discography of solo recordings and collaborations stretching back to the folk-based band Lammas, which first brought him to notice in the 1990s.

He is one of the busiest players on the UK scene, having recently undertaken an extensive tour with the Acoustic Triangle trio, performing in small churches alongside the standard clubs and arts centres. But this new recording, If the Sea Replied, is quite different from his previous ...

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Tim Garland: Change of Season

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Following two critically-acclaimed recordings with his Storms/Nocturnes trio, British woodwind player Tim Garland felt like a change. Rather than continue to pursue the more extended compositional form of Storms/Nocturnes (Sirocco, '01) and Rising Tide (Sirocco, '03), Garland wanted to return to more of a song form, and with a more conventional lineup. And while the compositions on Change of Season are less complex than those performed by the chamber-like yet rhythmically vivacious Storms/Nocturnes trio, they are no less challenging in other ways. Since his emergence on the international scene as part of Chick Corea's Origin band, Garland has been creating ...



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