Mike Westbrook - In Memory Of Lou Gare

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2018 release

Not content with being a fine pianist, composer and arranger, Westbrook was a commendable nurturer of talent and still is: witness the behemoth that is the Uncommon Orchestra, with such excellent young players as Roz Harding.
Lou Gare, who died last October, is probably best known for his work with AMM, but was a member of Westbrook’s earliest London band and reunited with various Westbrook projects over the years. Seven of these tracks are extracts, with Gare the main focus, enabling more pieces to be squeezed in. Even with Gare’s most “abstract” playing there was always an ascetic lyricism and sense of structure.

This collection spotlights his big- toned rhapsodic side, somewhat in the Sonny Rollins tradition, as well as demonstrating, on Johnny, that he could wax exceeding bluesy. On tracks like the two full-length pieces (D.T.T.M. and D.T.T.M.2) and The Barber the ensemble creeps up on the tenor until there is a glorious concerto-like culmination. These live performances were not originally intended for public issue but the quality fully justifies their release. Gare was a player of formidable musical integrity, intelligence and imagination and this CD is an admirable memorial to him.
Barry Witherden - Jazz Journal


SKU 5024545821529
Barcode # 5024545821529
Brand Westbrook Records

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