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May 30, 2014 6:37 pm

Tim Garland: Songs to the North Sky – review

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This ambitious double album captures the multi-faceted UK saxophonist in full flow, first with his sax-and-rhythm band Lighthouse and then with The Royal Northern Sinfonia strings.

The first CD is typically detailed and articulate fusion jazz, while the second presents a sumptuous orchestral work themed on the landscape of Garland’s adopted Northeast England home.

Here, shimmering strings, lush romantic cadences and Garland’s centred sax conjure billowing clouds and craggy coastlines. Garland wrote all the music and plays like a dream. Recommended, with the orchestral piece extra-special.


Tim Garland

Songs to the North Sky

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