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by Andrey Henkin
Michael Garrick Black Marigolds Vocalion 2005 Michael Garrick October Woman Vocalion 2005 British musicians like pianist Michael Garrick inhabit the grey area between the energetic, if somewhat derivative realms of Johnny Dankworth and Tubby Hayes that preceded them and the much more advanced, if undervalued, contributions of the John Surman, Keith Tippett and Spontaneous ...read more
by John Kelman
With a resurgence of interest in what many call the Golden Years of British jazz--the mid-'60s through early '70s--labels like Vocalion are helping to fill in the blanks on the period when a specifically British sound began asserting itself, in contrast to the America-centric music of prior decades. While the music of emergent artists like saxophonist John Surman and trumpeter Ian Carr exhibits clear stylistic precedents from across the pond, there's also something indefinably British there, too--perhaps a hint of ...read more