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Promises

Michael Garrick Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vocalion
  • ASIN: B0019LZKQS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,460 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. PROMISES (Garrick)
2. PARTING IS SUCH (Garrick)
3. I'VE GOT RHYTHM (Gershwin arr Garrick)
4. A THING OF BEAUTY (Garrick)
5. MERLIN THE WIZARD (Garrick)
6. SECOND COMING (Garrick)
7. REQUIEM (Garrick)
8. LEPRECHAUN LEAP (Garrick)
9. PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG LADY (Garrick)
10. SONG BY THE SEA (Garrick)

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Promises is one of the very best albums within the Garrick canon and sports some equally legendary names including Joe Harriott (alto sax), Ian Carr (trumpet & flugelhorn) and Tony Coe (tenor sax & clarinet). Regular Garrick sideman Shake Keane was scheduled to appear, but shortly before the recording sessions left for Germany to join Kurt Edelhagen's radio band, hence Ian Carr's presence.

The music is typical of Garrick - by turns lyrical, angular, introverted, extroverted, swinging, pensive but always interesting and original. The album is devoted to Garrick's original compositions with the exception of his semi-free reworking of the Gershwin classic I've Got Rhythm. Here the group pares down to a trio - with Dave Green (bass) replacing Coleridge Goode - to produce a startling reworking of this jazz standard. Garrick's love of literature is never too far away from his music, and this album is no exception. The closing track, Song by the Sea, takes both its name and inspiration from a poem by Laurie Lee, one of Garrick's collaborators in the classic 1964 Argo LP `Poetry and Jazz in Concert' (reissued on Vocalion 2CDSML 8416). There are plenty of moments throughout for the individual talents of the Sextet to shine, such as Tony Coe's superb clarinet solo in Leprechaun Leap, originally written by Garrick as a vehicle for Irish-ancestored tenor saxophonist Dick Morrisey. Promises - a remarkable album by a remarkable musician.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Promises keeps its word. 25 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
Following hot on the heels of 'October Woman', 'Promises' delivers. It's an eclectic mix of some of Britain's finest musicians as well as musical mirth and mystery. Who else could combine the jaunty Leprechaun Leap and title track Promises, with the sobering twist of Parting is Such and Requiem other than Garrick, who is skilled in bringing all manner of emotions and subject matter to the fore through his music?
Tony Coe is in excellent form on Requiem, with a haunting tenor solo that could defy even the hardest heart. Joe Harriott features on the tender ballad Parting is Such, as does Ian Carr on Merlin the Wizard, ably supported by Garrick on piano, Dave Green and Coleridge Goode on bass and Colin Barnes on drums. A celeste trio distinguishes Song by the Sea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly slick 11 Jun 2010
By Matthew Watters - Published on Amazon.com
Hidden beneath this deceptively amateurish cover art is a suprisingly polished modern jazz album, circa 1965, with tips of the hat to the modal jazz of Miles, the soulful vibe of the Blue Note label and even the harmonically sophisticated and emotionally resonant small-group arrangements of Oliver Nelson. Like Nelson's work, it has an almost cinematic quality. Pianist/leader Michael Garrick comps with a hint of early Cecil Taylor behind the sextet's front line, which inludes altoist Joe Harriott and trumperter Ian Carr, who have definitely been listening to Ornette and Don Cherry. The whole thing is swinging and tasteful and sophisticated, and it won't ruffle any feathers, but it also has an adventuresome, risk-taking spirit that holds your interest from the first note. Even the quality of the recording is spectacular. 'Promises' is most definitely an album that lays to rest any cliches about British jazz as being locked in the trad-jazz era of the 1930s. It's music that is of-the-moment and state-of-the-art.
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