Tim Garland
Songs to the North Sky

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  • 1. Uplift! 5.46
  • 2. Little Sunshine 5.35
  • 3. A Brother's Gift 7.04
  • 4. Yes to This 7.17
  • 5. The Perth Flight 5.21
  • 6. Farewell to Ed 8.01
  • 7. Lammas Days 7.27
  • 8. She's out of My Life 3.24
  • 9. The Road into Night 3.56
  • 10. Dawnbreakers 3.31
  • 11. Interlude 1 1.54
  • 12. Tyne Song 3.53
  • 13. Storm over Kielder 4.04
  • 14. Interlude 2 2.40
  • 15. Little Bay Blue 3.35
  • 16. Shapes Over Northumberland 4.28
  • 17. Interlude 3 2.21
  • 18. Lullaby Of The Road 4.07
  • 19. Sage and Time 3.07
  • 20. Interlude 4 2.40
  • 21. A Journey's Horizon 4.10
  • 22. Freedom To Wander 4.19
  • 23. Sage and Time (REMIX) 4.14

Release date: 2 June 2014

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Songs To The North Sky will delight existing fans, and serve as an ideal primer for those yet to be acquainted with one of the most remarkable British musicians of his generation.

Credits and About

Tim Garland Tenor And Soprano Sax, Bass Clarinet, Flute

Asaf Sirkis Custom Percussion Kit

John Patitucci Double And Electric Basses

Neil Percy Tuned And Classical Percussion

Magdalena Filipczak Violin

The Royal Northern Sinfonia Strings

Jason Rebello Piano (Tracks 2,5,7,8)

John Turville Piano (Tracks 3,4,6)

Geoffrey Keezer Piano (Track 1)

Ant Law Electric And Steel String Guitars (Tracks 1,3,4,6)

Kevin Glasgow Electric Bass (Tracks 2,5,7)

Track 1,3,4,6 recorded at Eastcote Studio London.
Track 2,5,7,8 recorded at Curtis Schwart’s, West Sussex.
Piano on track 1 recorded at SpraguerLand Recording Studio CA.

Mixed at Candle On The Moon Studio.
Mastered at The Blue Studio by Andrew Tulloch, London.

Strings recorded at the SageGateshead and conducted by Tim Garland.
Percussion and solo parts recorded at Eastcote Studio and Limehouse Studio, London.
John Patitucci recorded by Doug Epstein, New York.

Mixed at Candle On The Moon Studio.
Mastered at The Blue Studio by Andrew Tulloch, London.

For years now, Tim Garland’s playing and composition have less reflected ‘influences’ than styles he has deeply assimilated -everything from Celtic music to Yellowjackets fusion, from free improvisation to classical performance, from ECM ‘third stream’ to left-field electroacoustics. As a composer, he uses his native eclecticism and phenomenal technique to make telling and often surprising connections; as a bandleader, he creates spaces in which other musicians will surprise themselves. Songs to the North Sky unites these two strands of his career in one remarkable project. After two years in the making between much international touring and time away from the UK, Garland celebrates ten years of “Lighthouse Music” and a deserved place once again as band leader. One half of Songs to the North Sky features Lighthouse, Garland’s expandable small group celebrating a new chapter to mark its tenth year. Garland and the astonishing percussion of Asaf Sirkis are joined here by three of the most talented pianists working in jazz today: Jason Rebello, Geoffrey Keezer and John Turville. Bassist Kevin Glasgow and guitarist Ant Law are newcomers to the Lighthouse project, but typically, Garland has devised perfect spaces in which their two singular talents can flourish.

Garland himself has rarely played with such exhilarating freedom. His years on the road with Chick Corea have instilled a confident presence to the delivery of every note, and he has become one of those rare musicians for whom the idea of ‘live performance’ is indistinguishable from merely picking up the instrument. The group functions from a trio up, as it always has, with elements of his long-standing kinship with Celtic music permitted to appear alongside the more obvious modern jazz influences such as Corea. It is not such a surprise to find a simple and beautiful duet rendition of “She’s Out Of My Life” the pop anthem made famous by Michael Jackson. Garland’s love of melody (hence “Songs”) and his celebrated soprano sax sound ensures an overall cogency to the project. Songs to the North Sky, for orchestral strings, both jazz and classical percussion, and Garland as soloist, takes up the other half of this recording. It reflects Garland’s ten years association with (and frequent displacement from) northeast England, its constantly changing cloudscapes and wild seas. One of its principal joys is hearing what happens when Garland writes for himself: listening to the undulating layers of the string ensemble shape themselves around Garland’s fluid and astonishingly articulate reeds is a little like watching some rare animal finally released back into its native environment. These radiant pieces are bridged by improvised links, finely intelligent ‘breathers’ played by the great bassist and friend, John Patitucci.

This is at once both local and international music, with several titles alluding to place names of the northeast. It was in part sponsored generously by The Sage Gateshead and is played sumptuously by the Royal Northern Sinfonia strings. For all its eclecticism, though, this music is no mere series of surprises, or cinematic musings, but of remarkable solutions to questions Garland himself poses. The result is a succession of thrilling journeys across new terrain others might have decided was impassable. In its instrumental virtuosity and compositional sophistication, Songs to the North Sky is the closest thing yet we have to the Full Garland.


“Atmospheric, evocative and unfailingly melodic, it's an absorbing experience, with Garland's saxophone playing a joy.”

The Observer