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Tim Garland: Weather Walker

Read "Weather Walker" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Taking his inspiration from the scenic magic of England's Lake District, saxophonist and composer Tim Garland has translated the natural beauty of the landscape into an equally breathtaking suite. From the opening track “Rugged Land," it's clear that this is no ordinary chamber jazz. The dynamics are often forcefully percussive, but impressively so, considering the ensemble is devoid of percussion or drums. This is a brave departure from his previous orchestral double album Songs To The North Sky (Edition, 2014), ...

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Tim Garland: One

Read "One" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Tim Garland is one of the U.K's most talented reedsmen. He's recorded several albums with Chick Corea including Originations and The Vigil plus orchestral works, The Mystery and The Continents. With virtuoso percussionist Bill Bruford, he recorded Earthworks Underground Orchestra. He's also recorded numerous albums under his own name and with Llamas and Acoustic Triangle. This is Garland's third album for Edition, the first being Return To The Northern Sky (2014), closely followed by Return To The Fire (2015).

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Tim Garland: Songs To The North Sky

Read "Tim Garland: Songs To The North Sky" reviewed by Ian Patterson

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 ...

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Storms/Nocturnes: VIA

Read "Storms/Nocturnes: VIA" reviewed by John Kelman

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 ...

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Tim Garland: Beyond the Frontier

Read "Tim Garland: Beyond the Frontier" reviewed by Ian Patterson

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 ...

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Tim Garland's Lighthouse Trio in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia

Read "Tim Garland's Lighthouse Trio in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia" reviewed by Ian Patterson

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 ...

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Tim Garland: Libra

Read "Libra" reviewed by John Kelman

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 ...

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Tim Garland: Libra

Read "Libra" reviewed by Frederick Bernas

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 ...

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Tim Garland: Libra

Read "Libra" reviewed by Chris May

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 ...

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Tim Garland: Due North

Read "Due North" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

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 ...

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

Read "The Mystery: Orchestral Music by Tim Garland" reviewed by John Kelman

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), ...

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Tim Garland: If the Sea Replied

Read "If the Sea Replied" reviewed by John Kelman

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. ...


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