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4.0 out of 5 stars not us, therefore u.s.?, 21 Feb. 2012
This review is from: October Woman (Audio CD)
Why is it that Garrick (along several other British jazz-makers of the time) was never highly regarded? His work was in many ways as individual, yet still very recognisable as "jazz", as, say, Miles, the MJQ or Brubeck or whoever - but being non-American seems to have put him at an immediate disadvantage. Yet when did Miles, the MJQ or Brubeck, just for example, conform to the 'proper standards' of jazz?
This first group of his definitely had its own recognisable style, with all the members easily recognisable -especially Coleridge Good with his vocal accompaniment! Having initially bought the LP on pure spec back in in the 60s, I was immediately hooked. It isn't everyone's idea of what 'jazz' 'should be' perhaps - but that was always the case with British artistes. (I can remember Chris Barber in his early days getting slated for not being 'New Orleans' enough, mainly because he didn't use a piano!)
This collection is a great introduction to Garrick's eclectic style. 'All my own work and I have to earn my living by it' as the chalked sign on many a pavement used to say, but Garrick was no pavement artist. Following that line of thought, he definitely belonged inside the National Gallery: it is not so far fetched, now I come to think of it, to compare him to Turner because of his less orthodox approach to his art. (Others may well disagree, naturally!) So, while Wedding Hymn and Anthem, for example, may not have found their niche in church music, still they are exciting and invigorating pieces of music in their own right, and the other items on this cd are all worth investigating for the enjoyment they provide.
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