Tim Garland - Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Gerard Presencer - Flugelhorn/ Trumpet
Jason Rebello - Piano
Jeremy Stacey - Drums
Mick Hutton - Bass
The music on Enter the Fire, Tim Garland’s fourth solo album, represents a mature, attractive and - above all - honest statement from a still-youthful but widely experienced musician and composer.
For those meeting him for the first time, Tim Garland is a saxophonist from Canterbury, Kent. He actually began on clarinet, and in another group which he co-leads, the splendid Celtic-jazz amalgam, Lammas, he also plays piano, keyboards and flutes. Here, though, he concentrates on tenor and soprano saxophones.
The album features pianist Jason Rebello, bassist Mick Hutton and drummer Jeremy Stacey who have worked together a lot - and it shows. In 1995, Rebello, a Buddhist, was about to go into retreat and Garland felt he had to get The Suite down on tape. With this band. NOW. He also enlisted Gerard Presencer, the brilliant young trumpeter and flugelhorn specialist, and the wheels were set in motion.
Alongside The Suite, only two other tracks, Simple Simon and Only Child, were recorded on that first session. In 1997, with Rebello once again available, Garland re-enlisted the same personnel and added four further pieces. The result is, particularly considering the time lag, a remarkably unified body of work.
The Suite, Only Child and Simple Simon were recorded at Temple Studios, South London on 5th May 1995
Other tracks recorded at RG Jones in May 1997
Enter The Fire remixed by Gerry O'Riordan.
Engineered by John Canham
Special thanks to Jeremy Stacey for help with production