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In All My Holy Mountain

Artist: Roger Garfitt

Date of Release: 23/02/2017

Catalogue no: 2357

Label: Re-stringing the lyre

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Westerly

7.04

2

 

Listening for the Sedge Warbler

9.00

3

 

Fatherless

7.11

4

 

The Wedding Breakfast

9.04

5

 

The Haunting

10.05

6

 

The Part Song

4.01

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

John Williams, Karen Sharp, Nikki Iles

A flute plays over two bass clarinets and brings in “the luminous shadow of an Atlantic calm…” Trumpet and accordion turn a wedding breakfast into a gentle dance, “such bright music of silver on china they might have been at table in the halls of heaven…” A poet echoes an ancient Welsh lament for men lost in battle and the cries of the hunt rise around him, the drums wild “with the heel-springs of the deer…”
In All My Holy Mountain tells the story of the novelist Mary Webb and reaches its climax with Gone to Earth, which she wrote during the First World War. Nikki Iles’s atmospheric score is the perfect counterpart to Roger Garfitt’s poems, taking elements from the English folk tradition and giving them a powerful new jazz identity. She continually varies the texture so that sometimes his voice is heard against the rhythm section, sometimes against a solo instrument, and often against the whole band as it rises to the words and takes flight. Nikki Iles has done much more than set the poems: she has created a jazz suite in six movements, a compelling score that clearly fires the band and draws the best from some of our finest soloists.

 

Reviews

 

17/03/2017 John Fordham

Powerful poetry laced with jazz... an imaginative and illuminating addition to the genre.

 

24/02/2017 Ian Mann

A thoroughly convincing synthesis of words and music, with poet, composer and musicians all integrating superbly to deliver a hugely satisfying and richly evocative piece of work.

 

24/02/2017 Alison Bentley

A beautiful album which draws you in with intriguing poetry and luscious composition.

 

12/02/2017 Roger Farbey

The compositions throughout are characterised by warmth and vitality and are embellished by the piquancy of Garfitt's spoken words, adding a literary perspective rarely found in jazz these days.

 

03/02/2017 Lance Liddle

An original and inspiring work.

 

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