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Mike Westbrook

In Memory of Lou Gare



Released: 29th Jun 2018


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


  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