Tim Garland and the Lighthouse Trio: Libra (Elite)

 |   |  <1 min read

Tim Garland Trio: Blue in Green
Tim Garland and the Lighthouse Trio: Libra (Elite)

Here with pianist Gwilym Simcock and percussion player Asaf Sirkis, plus the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on the impressive genre-defying jazz-classical/Third Stream suite (the four-part Frontiers, which also features guitarist Paul Bollenback), this hot British saxophonist (and bass clarinetist) once more proves that he is the vanguard of a crossover music that should appeal to jazz and classical listeners alike.

His clarinet tone is deep, woody and sometimes stentorian, his saxophones fly and flutter or dig deep in the approved post-Coltrane manner. And in Simcock whose adventurous playing, nudging towards the free in places, he finds his equal and a sympathetic counterpoint. 

A double set divided into  "Sun" and "Moon", the second disc offers some standards (Blue in Green with a lovely late night New York clubland feel, Sly Eyes in a slippery and joyful version) but the real treat, among many it must be said, is Frontier which is dedicated to Gunther Schuller -- and that gives you your frame of musical reference.

An ambitious album which works the diffficult area between trio playing and orchestration, jazz and classical, Libra is a triumphant, mercurial album which confirms the status of these players in the frontline of British, and world, jazz -- and offers as much fiery playing as quiet and considered reflection.

Wonderful. 

 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

The Gary Harvey Band: Ghost Dance (garyharvey.co.nz)

The Gary Harvey Band: Ghost Dance (garyharvey.co.nz)

The familiar line about singer/songwriter and bassist Gary Harvey is that he is a mainstay of blues-influenced rock in New Zealand who has been around for exactly the right number of decades, which... > Read more

Kim Dotcom: Good Times (kimdotcom)

Kim Dotcom: Good Times (kimdotcom)

Is there not an irony that Kim Dotcom -- a man whose business model involves not paying for the creative work of others -- should appear on the cover of a weekly music guide which is available in... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

BIGGLES SHOT DOWN: But not by the Boche this time

BIGGLES SHOT DOWN: But not by the Boche this time

The thrilling air adventure of Biggles in World War One flew pretty close to reality. Take the case of the Belgian aerial observer whose balloon shared the skies with glue-and-matchstick flying... > Read more

PAUL McCARTNEY; GOOD EVENING NEW YORK CITY (Universal CD/DVD)

PAUL McCARTNEY; GOOD EVENING NEW YORK CITY (Universal CD/DVD)

After a decade of exceptional diversity on disc -- it started with the left-field Liverpool Sound Collage, there was the remix album Twin Freaks, another album as The Fireman as well as a classical... > Read more