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Troppo

Michael Garrick Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vocalion
  • ASIN: B001KKQ7RO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Garrick's 'Troppo' re-issued 24 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
Music of its time (1973), maybe, but not enslaved to its fashions, and therefore after all these years it does not sound badly dated. At a time when Herbie Hancock's 'Headhunters' was about to become the best-selling jazz album ever Garrick does not bludgeon us with funk or backbeats. Some vaguely rock rhythms creep in, but they're subverted by the variety of unusual time signatures and the agile lightness of drummer Trevor Tomkins' touch. Electric piano appears now and then, but seems to serve little real purpose apart from varying the texture a bit. The writing is strong on textures and atmospheres; the title track takes a labyrinthine journey via improvisations within improvisations before leading us back to the opening theme.

Some of the best local musicians around are chosen for this album: Henry Lowther, trumpet/violin, Don Rendell & Art Themen, sax/flute, Norma Winstone, voice, Coleridge Goode & Dave Green, bass, Trevor Tomkins, drums. Ms. Winstone should be singled out for the way she not only handles lyrics when they arise, but uses her voice as an instrument in the ensembles and for improvising. On 'Fellow feeling' an elegy to Joe Harriott who had died not long before Coleridge Goode raises the bowing and humming routine on the bass (too often just a stunt) to new levels of musical feeling.

Of its time? Maybe, but of its place too? Only non-British listeners can say how British it sounds to them. This was when G.B. jazz was said to have found its feet and stopped slavishly aping U.S. models. Chick Corea's acoustic album 'Inner space' may not have influenced Garrick as such, but 'Troppo' has in common the episodes of 'arranged freedom' that fall back into composed material so deftly.
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