Track of the day: the Harvey​/​O'Higgins Project's Tropical Paradise ****

If averse to tunefulness don't read on. If still with us there is a story to tell courtesy of these melodic, meaningfully swinging but satisfyingly complex harmonic sounds. The Birmingham-born English saxophone master of Irish descent Dave …

Published: 7 Aug 2021. Updated: 42 days.

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If averse to tunefulness don't read on. If still with us there is a story to tell courtesy of these melodic, meaningfully swinging but satisfyingly complex harmonic sounds. The Birmingham-born English saxophone master of Irish descent Dave O'Higgins who still (at 56) is not old enough yet beyond his significant fandom to be officially called a great or an icon, giant, etc, but certainly is a great, giant, icon, etc, nonetheless as anyone with a pulse who has heard him play with his own groups or with Darius Brubeck in recent years will, beyond all begrudgery if needs must given some curmudgeonly jazzers' propensity to mindlessly grumble, acknowledge. From the quartet affair That's the Way To Live! the co-leader is pianist Graham Harvey known for his work with revered jazz singer Stacey Kent, for instance on Stacey's classic album The Changing Lights. As for 'Tropical Paradise' it's the kind of piece Duncan Lamont might have written in its twinkling playfulness while O'Higgins bit by bit unveils the sheer resource of his tenorist tenacity, technique and imagination. Two further Staceyians, also heard on The Changing Lights, double bassist Jeremy Brown and drummer Josh Morrison, complete the band. Why does it all work? It's the beat more than groove in the end as Brown goes to town. That's The Way To Live! (Ubuntu) is to be released on 23 September. In Brubeck's quartet O'Hig plays Soho at the Pizza, on Friday. Dave O'Higgins, top. Photo via Bandcamp

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''Previously unreleased'' Michael Garrick sessions set to be issued

A very interesting archival release is in prospect from a label I for one haven't come across before, as Rhythm and Blues Records are currently advertising ''previously unreleased'' Michael Garrick sessions taped in 1967 and 1969 that whets the …

Published: 6 Aug 2021. Updated: 42 days.

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A very interesting archival release is in prospect from a label I for one haven't come across before, as Rhythm and Blues Records are currently advertising ''previously unreleased'' Michael Garrick sessions taped in 1967 and 1969 that whets the appetite. There is a lot of UK record collector interest in the English pianist and composer Michael Garrick (1933-2011) and understandably so and that was the case well before Garrick's death a decade ago partially sated by the Impressed compilations and 2005's Jazz Britannia surge of interest. Here's what information the label have made available about A New Serious Music plus look at the cover above:

The tracks:

Good Times

Rustat’s Gravesong

Rest

Beautiful Thing

Anthem

These were recorded at the BBC Paris Studios [in Lower Regent Street, London] on 17 July 1967.

Cascade

Face In A Crowd

On Track

You Are Winter

Childrens’ Chorus

Thanksgiving Dance

These were recorded at BBC Radio One on 19 October 1969.

Listed as with Garrick are Henry Lowther (1-5), cor, vn; Jim Philip (1-5), ts, cl, fl; Ian Carr (6-11), tp, fh; Don Rendell (6-11), ts, ss, a-fl; Art Themen, ts, cl, fl; Coleridge Goode, bs; Trevor Tomkins, d and Norma Winstone (6-11), v.

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Among the tracks Garrick composition 'Good Times' can be heard on Black Marigolds (1966, Argo).

And 'Rustat's Gravesong' appeared on The Heart is a Lotus (1970, also Argo). The release date of A New Serious Music is 27 August. Michael Garrick, top