|Pianist-composer Michael Garrick makes his fourth and fifth appearance in Vocalion’s CDSML series during February 2006, with more of his thoughtful, sometimes esoteric but always unique brand of jazz. CDSML 8415 features Cold Mountain, his 1972 trio recording for Decca’s Argo subsidiary, and consists of seven original Garrick compositions including the exquisite First Born. Garrick receives brilliant support from double bassist Dave Green and drummer Trevor Tomkins who, incidentally, is the cousin of British jazz piano legend Roy Budd.
“Vocalion continue to dig deeper into the British jazz archives with more essential releases….Featuring a sublime version of ‘Prayer’ alongside the joyful ‘First Born’ and the epic ‘Cold Mountain’, Garrick’s only trio album is further proof that as a pianist and composer this lyrical Englishman stood shoulder to shoulder with titans like Ellington and Bill Evans.”
Andy Thomas, Straight No Chaser Magazine, Spring/Summer 2006
“Cold Mountain is a fine trio album from pianist-composer Michael Garrick. His small group compositions are among the finest anywhere, rich in melody and ringing with feeling. Perhaps the piano trio is Garrick’s natural environment. And when the rhythm section is as fine as that on offer here, he positively glows.”
Duncan Heining, Jazzwise, May 2006
“Whether it be the instinctive interplay between the trio, or the exceptional recording quality and mastering, one cannot but conclude that we have before us an album that has all the qualities of a long neglected masterpiece.”
Tim Stenhouse, Manchester Evening News, 31 March 2006