Return to the Fire Tim Garland

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Label: Edition Records

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Contemporary Jazz

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  • 1Abiding Love09:10
  • 2Lament06:55
  • 3Return To The Fire05:15
  • 4Valse Pour Ravel05:16
  • 5Search For Peace09:52
  • 6All Our Summers04:22
  • Total Runtime40:50

Info for Return to the Fire

„Return To The Fire“ is described as, “an out-an-out jazz album that celebrates not just Garland's own musical journey but pays homage to a potent time in jazz history.”

‘I met Tim Garland through his original Enter The Fire – and I wanted some of that fire in my band – thus our long musical friendship began. This Return To The Fire shows Tim, his beautiful compositions and the band’s prowess completely. Thanks to Tim and his compadres for keeping the Music Fires burning brightly.’ (Chick Corea)

1997. Tim Garland, a rising star in the UK jazz firmament, is in New York City, the metropolis of jazz. Staying at vibist Joe Locke’s apartment in Manhattan they are listening to the newly released Enter The Fire, when pianist Billy Childs arrives, and asks for a copy to give to a friend. That friend was the legendary Chick Corea who head-hunted Tim and this was the start of many years of international playing which continues today. 20 years on and Tim has reunited the same band to release ‘Return to the Fire’, a 6 track album, on digital and limited edition vinyl, to celebrate not just his own musical journey and reunite friends, but to return and pay homage to a potent time in jazz history.

Featuring long-term colleagues Gerard Presencer, Jason Rebello, Jeremy Stacey, Mick Hutton, Laurence Cottle, and more recent friends Tom Farmer, James Maddren and Ant Law ‘Return to the Fire’ captures on wax some of the most celebrated and exciting musicians from the UK and some of Britain’s’ finest exports on the vibrant international circuit. These recordings evoke the classic sound of the sax/trumpet jazz quintet of yesteryear, along with the freshness and spontaneity of music truly improvised, risk- taking and emotive.

This is an out-and-out jazz record; viewed alongside today’s vast array of hybrids of all styles, ‘Return to the Fire’ stands out as an album extolling the virtues of swing and the ethos of the acoustic quintets particularly celebrated in the Miles Davis bands. It swings. It burns, and whilst continuing to look forward (not least in the sophisticated and contemporary compositions) it is a heartfelt homage that also features two classic ballads (from JJ Johnson and McCoy Tyner). It is imbued with a maturity and collective spirit that only musicians with the wealth of experience, the refined skills, the belief in one another, the conviction and certainty on display in ‘Return To The Fire’ could hope to kindle.

Tim Garland, saxophones and bass clarinet
Gerard Presencer, trumpet & flugelhorn (on tracks 1, 3, 4, 5)
Jason Rebello, piano & fender rhodes
Jeremy Stacey, drums (on tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Mick Hutton, double bass (on tracks 1, 4, 5)
Additional Musicians:
Tom Farmer, double bass (on tracks 2, 3)
Lawrence Cottle, electric bass (on track 6)
James Maddren, drums (on tracks 2, 6)
Ant Law, guitar (on track 6)

Produced by Tim Garland
Executive Producer: Dave Stapleton

Tim Garland
was born in 1966, studied composition at the Guildhall School under Robert Saxton and changed first study to saxophone half way through his course.

He has won a series of BBC awards for band leading and composition between 1989 and 2006.

In 2008 he won a Grammy for his orchestrations of Chick Corea's music on "The New Crystal Silence" and continues to be Chick's saxophone player touring the jazz scene internationally.

He was Research Fellow at Newcastle University between 2004 and 2008 and has been a visiting proffessor at the Royal Academy Of Music for over a decade.

Garlands ensembles have often consisted of innovative line-ups, he has been the inspiration between "Acoustic Triangle", "Storms'Nocturnes" "The Underground Orchestra" and his continuing project "Lighthouse" which was formed in 2004.

He is married with two children and shares his time between London and the North East of England.

Tim is one of the most versatile musicians in the UK. He won a Grammy for his orchestrations of the Chick Corea CD "The New Crystal Silence", which he helped produce at the Sydney Opera House, and is accepting commissions as composer and arranger from several of the worlds leading orchestras.

He has won several BBC awards for his small ensemble projects and delights in fusing together differing musical disciplines. Particularly familiar with the worlds of contemporary orchestral and jazz music, Tim is also adept in creating music in the studio using electronic and pre-recorded material.

His skills extend to writing lyrics, many of which are evident on this site, and he has formed lasting relationships with several internationally renowned musicians, often working onstage alongside them.

Tim is a founder shareholder with Audio Network and has written for the RPO, the LSO, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia, Westminster Abbey Choir and many other ensembles that are drawn to his eclectic vision. He likes to refer to his wide-ranging output as a ‘Diverse Unity’.

This album contains no booklet.

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