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GARETH LOCKRANE'S GROOVEYARD

Winner of the Best European Jazz Group award in the 2003 Granada Jazz Festival, GARETH LOCKRANE'S GROOVEYARD is the result of a collaboration between 2008 Downbeat Rising Star on Flute GARETH LOCKRANE and tenor saxophonist ALEX GARNETT, fusing an explosive blend of contemporary jazz, funk,gospel,rock and hard bop to create a true 21st century hammond combo! The band plays all original material composed by Gareth. The rest of the band comprises some of the Uk jazz scene's top musicians - MIKE OUTRAM on guitar,ROSS STANLEY on Hammond organ and NICK SMALLEY on drums. Between them the band have recorded and performed with; Bheki Mseleku,Jack DeJohnette, Incognito, Carleen Anderson, Cinematic Orchestra, Heritage Orchestra, Natalie Williams, Martin Taylor, The Bays, Steve Howe, Herbie Mann, The James Taylor Quartet, Gwilym Simcock, Jim Mullen and many others. Grooveyard's well received 2 cds "Put The Cat Out" and "Roots" are soon to be followed up with a soon-to-be-completed new album in 2009, which promises to be their best yet.
PUT THE CAT OUT features original members PETE WHITTAKER (organ) and TOM GORDON (drums).

INDIVIDUAL REVIEWS FOR GARETH LOCKRANE,MIKE OUTRAM AND ALEX GARNETT -

"the formidable Lockrane...a stunning display of sharp-accented runs, earthy whoops and constantly refreshed melodic ideas" John Fordham,The Guardian

"Lockrane is an exceptional soloist with an improvisatory confidence that's quite startling” Peter Vacher,Jazzwise

"...the flute, an instrument which has still not achieved a firm foothold in jazz. If the brilliant playing of Gareth Lockrane is anything to go by, that state of affairs may change...” Dave Gelly,The Observer “..Flute phenomenon!...” Jack Massarick, London Evening Standard

“a new star on his instrument” Jim Mullen

"Gareth Lockrane.... his trademark blend of lightness and robustness" Chris Parker,Vortexjazz

'Outram is a guitarist with world-class credentials' - The Guardian

'Mike Outram is without doubt the most talented guitarist of his generation' - Steve Rubie - 606 Club

'Bear witness to the rocket–science guitar that is Mike Outram' - Tom Barlow, Dazed & Confused

'Mention must be made of the facility possessed by guitarist Mike Outram - his effortless choruses and creative impulses were also noteworthy, logically developed and often lyrical even when playing prestissimo' - The Times, Sri Lanka 'Mike Outram's electric guitar work was fascinating' - Swanage Jazz Festival Review

'One of the British guitar finds of recent years' - John Fordham - The Guardian

'a super-sensitive accompanist and a profound soloist' - Birmingham Evening Post

"Alex Garnett is one of Great Britain's most accomplished post-bop musicians" Allaboutjazz

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