Album Review

Garrick, Michael Trio – “Moonscape ” – [Trunk Records]

Daryl Licht   8/16/2007   12-inch, Jazz

Michael Garrick Trio – ???Moonscape??? LP (Trunk) – This LP reissues an early (1964) and rare (only an edition of 99 copies!) 10??? release from British Jazz pianist Michael Garrick. On these recordings Garrick works in a traditional piano trio setting, ably backed by Dave Green on bass and Colin Barnes on drums. This album has long been hyped by hard core Jazz enthusiasts as being an early example of British Free Jazz, but, personally, I???d say that???s a bit of an overstatement, as the material is split evenly between compositions of fairly straightforward, yet pleasing, piano-based Jazz and somewhat more abstract improvisations, which never really go too far ???out???. Garrick is solid, though never overwhelming, throughout, with a very clean playing style and sound that is marked by an excellent sense of space and that classic, rich, grand piano timbre. Highlights include two bright, fairly uptempo tracks ???Music For Shattering Supermarkets??? and ???Man Have You Ever Heard???, the slightly subdued, but beautiful theme ???Sketches Of Israel???, and the best of the album???s more free-leaning tracks ??? A Face In The Crowd???, which features some particularly transcendent interplay between Garrick and Barnes. While there are certainly no mind blowing revelations to be found on these recordings, the short length (22+ minutes) of this album allows the somewhat limited charms of this set to be fully displayed without wearing out its welcome. DL

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