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 ...read more
Storms/Nocturnes VIA Origin Records2011 Virtuosity can, when it's the raison d'être, be an impediment; when it's a foundation, in service of the music, it can be liberating. Storms/Nocturnes was initially the brainchild of Tim Garland but, after first convening as a subset of the sextet on the closing track to the British saxophonist/composer's Made By Walking (Stretch, 2000), ultimately evolved into a more egalitarian working trio. Both Storms/Nocturnes (Sirocco, 2001) and Rising Tide (Sirocco, 2003) combined the kind of rigorous material only the most skilled players could compose and navigate, with the loose ...read more
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, ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more