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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

CD Review: Tim Garland - Songs to the North Sky

Disc 1: Lighthouse. Tim Garland (tenor/soprano); Jason Rebello or John Turville or Geoffrey Keezer (piano); Asaf Sirkis (percussion);  Ant Law (guitar); Kevin Glasgow (elec. bass).
Disc 2: Songs to the North Sky. Garland (tenor/soprano); Sirkis (percussion); John Patitucci (double bass/Elec. bass); Neil Percy (tuned/classical percussion); Magdalena Filipczak (violin); Royal Northern Sinfonia Strings).
Tim Garland, long-time resident of a Whitley Bay lighthouse, former Composer-in-residence at Newcastle Uni and a collaborator with Sage Gateshead on many projects including Songs to the North Sky, has a strong affinity with the north east despite his Kentish Roots.
On disc 2, the saxophonist, composer, arranger, attempts to create soundscapes of the area 'twixt Tyne and Tweed and, by and large, succeeds. Aided by the Northern Sinfonia strings the 15 tracks take us on The Road Into Night, thru a Storm Over Kielder, to visualise Shapes Over Northumberland as well as allowing us (and Tim) the Freedom to Wander among other evocative settings.
On both tenor and soprano Garland probes and searches straying away from the A1 wondering where this side road, this cart track will lead him to. Perhaps a disused mine or a forgotten village inn serving nectar in a straight glass. Maybe a Lady of the Lake will offer to put him on the right road (or the wrong one). The unpredictable weather, the grandiose beauty of the Northumbrian landscape under a night sky, it's all here.
This is an important work that deserves to be judged, not just as jazz - which it undoubtedly is - but as a compositional triumph that transcends genre.
Disc 1 is more straightforward. This is his Lighthouse Trio with the addition of Law or Glasgow, on some tracks, and Rebello, Turville and Keezer sharing the piano duties throughout. Sirkis is present on both discs providing the required impetus with accuracy and precision.
There won't be many, if any, more compelling albums this year.
Lance.

3 comments :

Hugh said...

I am really looking forward to hearing this. John Fordham has given it 5 stars in the Graun http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/may/29/tim-garland-songs-to-the-north-sky-review-jazz

Hugh said...

Sorry about the spacing - it didn't look like that in my submission!

Did TG actually live in a lighthouse in Whitley Bay (this certainly seems to have entered popular mythology and may well be the case) or did he just record in the lighthouse?

Lance said...

I confess to taking the mythology route - I could be wrong!

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