Jazz

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - John McBeath

One Tim Gar­land Edi­tion Bri­tish sax­o­phon­ist Tim Gar­land with his Light­house Trio was a head­liner at the 2012 Wan­garatta Jazz Fes­ti­val, but only drum­mer Asaf Sirkis from that trio ap­pears on this new quar­tet record­ing. Ant Law plays var­i­ous gui­tars, Ja­son Rebello is on keys and there are sev­eral guest artists. One of them is Hos­sam Ramzy, play­ing a range of Egyp­tian per­cus­sion in­stru­ments, in­clud­ing tablas on the opener, Sama’i for Peace, a 10-beat Mid­dle Eastern piece with an im­pres­sive so­prano sax solo from Gar­land as the rhythm pro­pounds. Rebello’s pi­ano main­tains the flow and the en­sem­ble de­vel­ops a big­ger sound than its five mem­bers. Another guest is vo­cal­ist Dionne Ben­nett, who sings Gar­land’s anti-war com­po­si­tion, writ­ten dur­ing an arms fair in Lon­don: Pity the Poor Arms Dealer ... “who sows the seeds of war, mak­ing sure each has enough to keep them want­ing more”. Gar­land ac­knowl­edges in­flu­ences from Celtic mu­sic and Latin and Span­ish rhyth­mic pat­terns, ex­plored over 10 years by his band Lam­mas and ab­sorbed from his on­go­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion with Chick Corea. Such rhythms with added per­cus­sion are heard on Fore­told, where the leader has lay­ered six sax­o­phones in­stead of just one, pro­duc­ing the sound of a big band reed sec­tion, some­times with throat growl over­tones, as well as his so­prano sax solo.

This is an unusu­ally di­verse col­lec­tion of nine spe­cial com­po­si­tions.

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