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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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Tim Garland: If the Sea Replied

Read "If the Sea Replied" reviewed by Bev Stapleton

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 ...

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George Colligan's Mad Science: Realization

Read "Realization" reviewed by John Kelman

Since emerging on the scene a scant ten years ago, pianist George Colligan has built the kind of body of work that some artists don't manage in twice or thrice the time. Appearing on over seventy recordings, including over a dozen as a leader, Colligan has proven that one doesn't have to be stylistically myopic to remain focused. Instead, he seems to have an all-encompassing musical appetite. And yet, unlike some who attempt a variety of musical styles and ultimately ...

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Tim Garland: Change of Season

Read "Change of Season" reviewed by John Kelman

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 ...

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Eddie Henderson: Time & Spaces

Read "Time & Spaces" reviewed by John Kelman

Long before Wallace Roney became a Miles Davis protege in the late '80s, Eddie Henderson had forgone his training in medicine, falling under the direct and indirect influence of the Prince of Darkness in the late '60s. With groups including Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band from '70 to '72, Henderson forged a voice whose tone may have been influenced by Davis, but with an adventurous spirit all his own. In the ensuing years, while the spirit of Miles never left him, ...

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Will Vinson: It's For You

Read "It's For You" reviewed by John Kelman

It's hard to be an up-and-coming musician these days. With the major labels either reducing their rosters drastically or shutting down their jazz operations entirely, and the independent labels struggling to make a go of it, being an unproven entity can be a real challenge. Fortunately labels like John Priestley's UK-based Sirocco Music, which still clearly concentrates on established artists including Tim Garland, Eddie Henderson and Joe Locke, are still prepared to take a chance on young artists they believe ...

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Joe Locke & 4 Walls Of Freedom: Dear Life

Read "Dear Life" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Consider the following: A musical concept that allows for total freedom within the context of the four walls of melody, rhythm, harmony and form is brought to fruition. Each player brings to this space instrumental virtuosity, a unique timbre, and a personal sense of dynamics and coloration. The first heady energetic foray into these circumscribed confines is a success. But then terrible tragedy strikes outside the walls and we learn how Dear Life really is.

With last year's 4 Walls ...


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