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Re­turn to the Fire Tim Gar­land Edi­tion/Planet (vinyl and dig­i­tal only)

This six-track al­bum from Bri­tish sax­o­phon­ist Tim Gar­land marks the re­union of the orig­i­nal Bri­tish band that recorded En­ter the Fire in 1997. Gar­land has per­formed in­ter­na­tion­ally, oc­ca­sion­ally with leg­endary pi­anist-com­poser Chick Corea, a con­tin­u­ing col­lab­o­ra­tor. None of the pre­vi­ous al­bum tracks are re­peated here but four of the num­bers are Gar­land orig­i­nals with the ti­tle song, a post-bop theme, taken at the liveli­est tempo with driv­ing so­los from pi­anist Ja­son Re­bello, Ger­ard Pres­encer on trum­pet and Gar­land’s fast-leap­ing tenor. Taken at a slower pace the clas­sic bal­lad La­ment, by trom­bon­ist JJ John­son is a de­li­ciously un­hur­ried piece with an ex­tended lyri­cal pas­sage from Gar­land’s so­prano sax and sym­pa­thetic pi­ano back­ing. Gar­land plays so­prano on his com­po­si­tion Valse for Ravel, where the theme fea­tures trum­pet and so­prano in a semi­clas­si­cal duo with pi­ano. Long con­sid­ered a fore­most per­former on bass clar­inet, Gar­land takes up that in­stru­ment for an­other orig­i­nal, All Our Sum­mers, ex­e­cut­ing some in­ge­nious coun­ter­point with Ant Law’s gui­tar, plus Re­bello’s propul­sive con­tri­bu­tions on Fender Rhodes. McCoy Tyner’s Search for Peace re­ceives the bal­lad treat­ment it war­rants with all the virtues of the swing and ethos of the sort of acous­tic quin­tet cel­e­brated in the Miles Davis bands, again with the fit­ting solo work of Gar­land’s tenor. In many ways this al­bum pays homage to a po­tent time in jazz his­tory with the clas­sic sound of a sax and trum­pet jazz quin­tet of yes­ter­year pre­sented and up­dated by some of Bri­tain’s top-flight mu­si­cians.

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