Tim Garland and Jason Rebello ‘Life to Life’ London Launch at St Martin-in-the-Fields – London Jazz Information

Tim Garland and Jason Rebello ‘Life to Life’ London Launch at St Martin-in-the-Fields – London Jazz News

Tim Garland and Jason Rebello ‘Life to Life’ London Launch

(St Martin-in-the-Fields. 21 January 2023. Evaluation by Sebastian Scotney)

Jason Rebello and Tim Garland. Telephone snap.

We the viewers – Tim Garland defined – can be listening to a trio somewhat than a duo, with the constructing was the third member of the group. St Martin-in-the-Fields (virtually full final night time) with its grandeur, its location simply 200 yards from the geographical centre of London, does certainly set a tone and produce a really robust sense of event, and that was good for this London launch of the album ‘Life to Life’ (Whirlwind Recordings). However there may be extra to it than that: the church additionally has a tremendous, resonant acoustic. Musicians give their sound into it, the sentient constructing takes care of the remaining.

That was significantly the case within the prelude to “Moon River”. Tim Garland ducked his head below the lid of Steinway to play, whereas Jason Rebello merely rested his proper foot on the maintain pedal, permitting the curlicues of saxophone sound to search out their method into each nook of the church. It was a tremendous second amongst many.

This pair of musicians are good pals who’ve identified one another for 3 a long time, and their mutual respect is obvious to see. Many of the ten items on the brand new album ‘Life to Life’ have gone method past the pinnacle/choruses/head types of jazz. What we hear are extra episodic, multi-movement, suite-like buildings, by which the pair are continually setting themselves the problem to land in one other new and completely different temper, really feel or tempo. There was one specific solo piano episode close to the center of Tim Garland’s “One Morning” the place Jason Rebello was left to search out the actual form of full circulate and repose that’s maybe distinctive to him. Simply wonderful.

Tim Garland does have an astonishing facility, work-rate and achievement as a composer, which the pianist in contrast with typical (if unconvincing) self-deprecation towards his personal efforts. The truth is {that a} collaboration like this appears to spur each musicians to larger heights. For instance, Rebello described the circumstances of a decent deadline by which he composed the joyful tune which grew to become “The Lacking Ingredient!”. What struck me was fairly how naturally English and interesting that composing voice is, with its roots someplace on the earth of John Eire and Gerald Finzi.

As a reeds participant of three completely different devices (tenor and soprano saxophones and bass clarinet), Tim Garland is especially adept find subtone to accompany the piano virtually spectrally. It’s one thing the German/Austrian participant Klaus Gesing does, however Garland appears to have developed the vary and palette of various sounds for that context, on soprano particularly. One other outstanding facet of his taking part in which was very a lot to the fore final night time is the melodic integration of the altissimo vary of the tenor sax. It’s one thing which frequently will get commented on with Joshua Redman’s taking part in, however Garland makes use of it differently: he makes it sing out extra strongly; it is extremely particular person and particular.

This live performance truly pre-dates the launch of the album and there are extra tour dates for the album.


Friday, 27 January Shrewsbury College

Thursday, 23 February Dora Stoutzker Corridor, Cardiff

Saturday, 4 March Wiltshire Music Centre


First Set

Soul Resonance (Garland)
Two to Go (Garland)
Hearth of Benevolence (Rebello)
Moon River (Mancini)
The Lacking Ingredient (Rebello)

Second Set

Black Is The Color (Of My True Love’s Hair) (folksong)
No Hope, No Tears (Rebello)
How Deep is the Ocean (Irving Berlin)
One Morning (Garland)
Vivid New 12 months (Garland)
Samaii for Peace (Garland)
Encore: As Free because the River (Rebello)