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October Woman

Michael Garrick , Joe Harriott , Shake Keane Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (24 Oct 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vocalion
  • ASIN: B000BRPXJ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,286 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Seven Pillars
2. Little Girl
3. Sweet And Sugary Candy
4. Blue Scene
5. Anthem
6. Return Of An Angel
7. Sketches Of Israel
8. October Woman
9. Echoes
10. Fairies Of Oneiros
11. Wedding Hymn
12. Anthem

Product Description

Vocalion's superb 2005 CD re-issue of British pianist/composer Michael Garrick's 1965 Argo album, never before available in digital format. This re-issue is part of Vocalion's acclaimed CDSML series, dedicated to re-issuing the finest British jazz and progressive albums of the 1960s and '70s on CD.

Vocalion's 'October Woman' re-issue features the superior sound quality which the company is renowned for, and includes a superb 8-page booklet including rare photographs of the recording sessions taking place, from Michael Garrick's personal collection. Also included are Michael Garrick's recollections of working with the wonderful Joe Harriott and Shake Keane, helping to give a fascinating insight into the music, plus the original LP and Anthem/Wedding Hymn EP (included here as bonus tracks) liner notes.


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
October Woman was the debut album of British jazz composer/pianist Michael Garrick in 1964. Its long overdue reissue promises to inspire a new generation of jazzers (and reassure existing ones) that British jazz is indeed a mighty force.
Ten compositions of beauty, simplicity and originality. Seven Pillars begins proceedings; a driving waltz- time piece featuring Shake Keane audaciously changing his trumpet sound in mid-solo, with Garrick’s comping subtly sublime and sensitive. In Little Girl, Harriott is beautifully evocative with unusually dulcet tones. Keane’s playful muted trumpet solo and Harriott’s soaring alto lines set the scene in Sweet & Sugary Candy, followed by a good-humoured bowed solo from Coleridge Goode. Blue Scene evokes the soul movement of the 1950s and is rhythmically delightful. Colin Barnes’ drumming in particular is sharp and percussive, complemented by strong, bluesy piano chords and a pulsating bass line from Goode. Anthem begins majestically with Keane’s trumpet and Harriott’s alto in canon, before they joust with each other in freeform. The rhythm section maintains the hypnotic 5/4 time throughout. Return of an Angel is ushered in with Garrick’s sombre piano head in parallel fifths, one of three pieces on this album to use only rhythm section as a trio. Sketches of Israel uses muted trumpet to great effect, in a light, rapid moving playful piece, especially towards the end when trumpet and piano trade fours in mimicry of each other. The eponymous October Woman follows, portrayed by Keane’s soulful trumpet and augmented by Garrick’s sparse piano chords. Echoes sees Harriott take the lead with a Parker-esque solo followed by the dextrous lines of Garrick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Harriott and Keane at Last! 13 Jan 2006
While I agree with the previous reviewer that the packaging could be a bit better (why no turn to someone like Alan Robertson or Ian Carr for additional information?), I want to boost the average rating a bit so folks won't pass over this often-brilliant music. Some of Garrick's settings are too rigid for my taste, but most of the tracks--even the experiments with sacred music--allow his great, great partners, Joe Harriott and Shake Keane, to put together marvellously passionate improvisations. These men are overlooked titans of 1960s jazz (Harriott in particular), so it's wonderful to find them playing together here and playing with so much soul. Anyone who likes Harriott's "free form" music will find a lot to like here as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Early Brit Jazz 13 Nov 2005
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The newly rehabilitated and fashionable British modern jazz from the 1960s is being reissued by Vocalion, and in the latest eagerly awaited batch comes another Michael Garrick classic, “October Woman”, recorded in 1964, predating “Black Marigolds” by a year. Ten diverse Garrick original compositions, instrumentals which range from swing to ballads, from conventional to tentatively experimental and lightly exotic (but no jazz poetry! A relief to some of us). Playing and arrangements are fine – some tunes are played by the excellent trio of Garrick-piano, Coleridge Goode-bass, Colin Barnes-drums, and several are augmented by legends Joe Harriott-sax and Shake Keane-trumpet. Two bonus tracks come from a roughly executed but interesting EP of “jazz church music”, recorded at same time as the album and featuring the “New Elizabethan Singers” (so very 60s!). The rather cheap looking CD booklet has some photos from the sessions, along with original sleevenote and recent brief reflections on Harriott by Garrick. Vocalian could help the accessibility of this music by better presentation or at least adding comprehensive notes by a current critic to provide context, of the type included in the “Impressed” compilations. Still, we should be thankful these albums are being reissued and that they suddenly sound so good.
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