Friday, January 23, 2009

Classical jazz not a classic


BEST known as a virtuoso jazz saxophonist who moonlights as a classical composer, Tim Garland has gathered a stellar line-up for Libra, a double album attempting to bring together these two spheres.
With his pedigree and obvious talent in combination with the ultra tight Lighthouse Trio and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, this LP - split into Sun and Moon - should've been out of this world.
But truthfully I found a lot of the original compositions a difficult listen.
Tim Garland has balanced the jazz and classical well on Libra, but in the process forgotten to make them enjoyable to listen to.
It's not until the collective is awarded some freedom on the live cuts of jazz standards on the Moon section that you realise this album could have been off the scale.

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