3rd March 2023
Building on three decades of musical camaraderie, Life to Life is a portrait of multireedist Tim Garland and keyboardist Jason Rebello's longstanding friendship with an excellently-crafted set of intimate duets.
18th February 2023
We sat down with British jazz duo and old friends, pianist Jason Rebello and multi-reedist Tim Garland, to talk about their new duet album Life to Life and their longstanding musical companionship.
'Life to Life' documents the culmination of three decades worth of respectful colleagueship between two of the UK's most revered jazz musicians - keyboardist Jason Rebello and multi-reedist Tim Garland. Rebello and Garland are both lauded musicians who between with them have worked with luminaries such as Sting, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter and Jeff Beck.
Album opener 'Two To Go' refers to Rebello and Garland sharing the experiences of life on the road, a change of pace follows with 'Soul Resonance'. "With these two new pieces" says Tim, "I wanted to minimise any compositional complexity and embody the essentials; the first with a solid but unhurried groove and the second through use of tone, line and spaciousness". 'One Morning' and 'Samaii For Peace' are from Garland's back catalogue, reinterpreted here as duets.
Other tracks include Rebello's compositions 'As Free As The River' and the flowing, yet intricate 'Fire Of Benevolence' demonstrate his fine compositional skills and allow Garland's honeyed sax lines to standout. 'Life to Life' ends with a new and evocative arrangement of the Appalachian / Scottish folk tune 'Black Is The Colour (Of My True Loves Hair'). "There's an elemental beauty about some of these folk melodies," says Garland, "they're irreducible, a form of human expression that feels timeless. It's powerful to tap into something so raw."
Garland and Rebello assuredly demonstrate their shared instinctive and visceral musicianship on this 10-track duo record, which serves as an authentic output of the story so far of a strong and long-lasting friendship between two highly accomplished musicians.
Tim Garland: tenor, soprano and sopranino sax, bass clarinet
Jason Rebello: piano