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Mike Westbrook

In Memory of Lou Gare

WESTBROOK RECORDS



CD

Released: 29th Jun 2018

£11.99


British jazz icon Mike Westbrook pays tribute to saxophonist Lou Gare, the former member of radical free jazz group AMM and a master of improvised music.

Assembled from live recordings in the West Country it presents Gare on tenor saxophone with The Uncommon Orchestra directed by Mike Westbrook. As a founder member of the seminal free-music group AMM he gained international recognition. Prizing creative freedom above all, and shunning the limelight, Lou remained a somewhat obscure figure on the jazz scene, while achieving legendary status in more progressive music circles. A decade ago Lou joined his former ‘60s colleague Mike Westbrook in his Devon-based big band, The Uncommon Orchestra. Re-connecting with his jazz roots, Lou created improvisations of astonishing beauty and originality. This lovingly crafted album is a tribute to an inspirational musician. “Westbrook has done us an enormous favour by assembling and releasing a CD containing nine examples of his mature playing...these performances show that he could infuse what you might call a fundamentally mainstreammodern approach with freshness and substance.” - Richard Williams, The Blue Moment

In Memory of Lou Gare

Tracklist

  1. D.T.T.M.
  2. Propositions
  3. Juxtapositions
  4. Manje
  5. The Barber
  6. Johnny Come Lately
  7. Lush Life
  8. D.T.T.M. 2
  9. Graffitti