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Michael GarrickMoonscape ... CD CD format
Trunk (UK), 1964. Used ... $9.99
One of the earliest albums as a leader from British pianist Michael Garrick – a set that pre-dates his amazing Argo albums of the 60s, and which was originally issued on 10" vinyl, in a limited pressing of 99 copies! The sound here is no less radical than Garrick's better-known albums of the decade – a mixture of angular edges and more open, free-flowing lines that soar out beautifully with a great sense of joy and life! Although a trio album, the record has all of the same imagination as Garrick's sextet dates – a sense of space and creative energy that's simply breathtaking – supported by some excellent original compositions by Garrick, and played by a trio that includes Dave Green on bass and Colin Barnes on drums. Titles include "Sketches Of Israel", "Moonscape", "Music For Shattering Supermarkets", "Take Off", and "Man Have You Ever Heard". CD

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New Michael Garrick with Don Rendell & Ian CarrPrelude To Heart Is A Lotus (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP LP format
Gearbox (UK), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A real lost treasure from the legendary Michael Garrick – a set that stands strongly with all of his classic albums of the late 60s, but which is issued here for the first time ever! As the title implies, the recording is a bit of a prelude to the Heart Is A Lotus album – as it shares a few compositions and a few group members with that wonderful set – but the overall feel is different, too – in that the album's all instrumental, and stretches out with really wonderful solos over modal rhythms – a bit more like some of Garrick's mid 60s recordings! Michael himself plays piano, harpsichord, and celeste – and the album features sublime solos from Don Rendell on soprano sax, alto, and flute, plus trumpet from Ian Carr – over wonderful rhythms from Coleridge Goode on bass and Trevor Tomkins on drums and percussion. This is hardly demo material at all – as the recording quality is totally top-shelf – and beautifully remastered here. Titles include "Song By The Sea", "Temple Dancer", "Sweet & Sugary Candy", "Heart Is A Lotus", and "Little Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
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Don Rendell/Ian CarrDon Rendell 4/5 plus Rendell-Carr Quintet 1964 to 1968 ... CD CD format
Spotlite (UK), Mid 60s. Used ... $14.99
Rare material by one of the hippest British jazz ensembles of the 60s! The first 13 tracks on the CD feature a rare 1964 studio performance by a quintet that includes Don Rendell on tenor and soprano saxes, plus trumpet and flugelhorn work by Ian Carr. The mode is mostly hardbop – taking off from the Tubby Hayes/Ronnie Scott styles of the late 50s – and tracks include "Peace Talk", "Blues By Five", "Downbeat After Dark", and "Waltz For Swingers". Even better, though, are the last 3 tracks on the set – all long numbers recorded live in 1968 at the Antibes Jazz Festival, but a Carr/Rendell quintet that includes the great Michael Garrick on piano. These tracks are more complicated, a bit modal, with some wonderful changes that are a perfect summation of the Brit modern sound of the 60s. Titles include "Pavane", "Hot Rod", and "Voices". CD
(Out of print.)

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Alan SkidmoreOnce Upon A Time ... CD CD format
Dream/Vocalion (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $16.99
Spiralling, soaring work from the Alan Skidmore Quintet – a group led by one of the greatest British tenor talents at the end of the 60s! Skidmore's name turns up often in some of the larger ensemble sessions from the period, but this album's one of his few smaller group outings – and it's a real treasure that we'd rank with the most free-thinking jazz on Deram as the time. Skidmore's joined in the group by an all-star lineup that includes Kenny Wheeler on flugelhorn, John Taylor on piano, Harry Miller on bass, and Tony Oxley on drums – and all players are working here in a cohesive, vibrant style that's quite different than some of the freer, more "out" work of later years. There's a real love of color and tone on the session – and the tunes unfold with a soaring quality that's really tremendous – one that's rarely too free, and which explores the shades and hues that were showing up in some of the best British jazz of the time. For one point of reference, we might compare the record to the depth of the best Michael Garrick sessions of the late 60s – but there's also a bit more straightforward quality here that we really love. Titles include "Old San Juan", "Once Upon A Time", "The Yolk", "Free For Al", and "Image". CD

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New Joe Harriott/Amancio D'Silva QuartetHum Dono ... CD CD format
EMI/Vocalion (UK), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most compelling albums ever recorded by British alto genius Joe Harriott – a very unusual record that has him working with guitarist Amanico D'Silva, in a style that's got some wonderful modal undertones! The feel here is a bit like Harriott's work with Michael Garrick – minus piano, of course – as he and D'Silva work through some tunes that are long, filled with complicated rhythms, yet still have a magically dancing sound. The mood shifts a bit from track to track – as Norma Winstone comes in for wordless vocals on two numbers, and Ian Carr blows a bit on one tune – and there's one short track on the record that only features Harriott's alto next to a bit of drums. Great stuff all around – with titles that include "NNNT", "Hum Donon", "Jaipur", "Stephano's Dance", and "Ballad For Goa". CD

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New New Jazz OrchestraLe Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe ... LP LP format
Verve/Aartrud (Italy), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A wonderful wonderful set from the British jazz scene of the late 60s – beautifully inventive large ensemble material, done under the direction of Neil Ardley – and featuring some of the best British jazz musicians of the time! The group's a showcase not only for creative young talent in the UK, but also for the growing sense of composition as well – and the music on the set is penned by Ardley, Michael Garrick, Mike Taylor, and Michael Gibbs – as well as new arrangements of work by Miles Davis and John Coltrane. As in the best material from Ardley, Garrick, and Gibbs, there's a really fresh way of coming together for the instrumentation – quite different than large group material in both the US, and even other areas of the 60s European scene – delivered with wonderful imagination by musicians who include Derek Watkins, Henry Lowther, Harry Beckett, and Ian Carr on trumpets; Michael Gibbs and Derek Wadsworth on trombones; Barbara Thompson on flute and soprano sax; Dick Heckstall Smith on tenor and soprano; Frank Ricotti on vibes; and even Jack Bruce on bass! Titles include "Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe", "Naima", "Angle", "Ballad", "Dusk Fire", "Study", and "Rebirth". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 250 copies!)