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.