This double CD by world-class saxophonist and composer Tim Garland was recorded in both studio and live settings, and comprises music for his award-winning Lighthouse Trio, featuring pianist Gwilym Simcock and percussionist Asaf Sirkis, as well as Frontier, a suite with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Frontier is all about balance, a recurring theme in Tim's writing - the dynamic balance between the written and the improvised, the intimate and the panoramic, one's immediate space and the vastness occupied by the orchestral swell. The two discs give room for the trio to demonstrate its breadth of repertoire, from Tim's celebrated composing style to classics by Mingus and Miles. US guitarist Paul Bollenback adds a steel string bluesy edge to three tracks.
Garland is widely known as one of the UK's most successful musical exports working in jazz. Much of his output reflects interests beyond conventional jazz boundaries and he is increasingly acknowledged for large ensemble writing including many orchestral pieces, works for chamber ensembles, choirs, and of course many commissions from jazz ensembles of all kinds. He first made international waves touring as part of Chick Corea's Origin band, and he has orchestrated five of Chick's best-loved pieces for 'The New Crystal Silence' album. Garland was also featured with Bill Bruford's Earthworks for over four years and has an ongoing commitment with the award-winning ensemble, Acoustic Triangle, as well as The Lighthouse Trio.
Lighthouse Trio: Tim Garland - (soprano & tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, bass flute), Gwilym Simcock - (piano), Asaf Sirkis - (percussion set, hang drum, udu and frame drums) with Paul Bollenback - (guitars), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (CD1 tracks 4,5,6,7)