Michael Garrick: Troppo




Michael Garrick (piano)


Troppo (Universal 986 689 2)

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Michael Garrick (piano), Norma Winstone (vocals), Henry Lowther (trumpet, flugelhorn, violin), Art Themen (flute, tenor sax, soprano sax), Don Rendell (flute, tenor sax, soprano sax), Dave Green (bass), Trevor Tompkins (drums).

Recorded: London, October 1973


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Despite being overshadowed by the Beatles, the Stones et al., the 1960s and early 1970s were a golden period for British jazz. As Garrick has written, “What began to surface and receive attention were those doing something fresh and home-grown.” Identity of course. Norma Winstone’s incredible virtuosity is here put to instrumental ends alongside Lowther’s elegant lyricism, all framed by Garrick’s highly imaginative writing. Deleted after selling just a couple of hundred copies in 1974, Troppo had been described as “a lost masterpiece” until its reissue on CD in 2004.

Reviewer: Stuart Nicholson


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