JAZZ PRAISES: a miscellany of religious texts & images for jazz group, organ and chorus
Begun in 1960 with Wedding Hymn (recorded in April 1965 with Simon Preston (organ), Louis Halsey's Elizabethan Singers and jazz quintet with Joe Harriott and Shake Keane). [see Argo EAF92]
[Duration: 30-40 individual pieces, each 3-6 mins]
MR SMITH'S APOCALYPSE: cantata [poems by John Smith]
JUDAS KISS: the Passion of Christ [text compiled from four gospels]
A HOBBIT SUITE or GEMSTONES: a suite in nine sections based on
J.R.R. Tolkein's fantasy The Hobbit, precursor to Lord of the
JAZZ PORTRAITS: individual pieces downplaying any enigma element
UNDERGROUND STREAMS: a soliloquy from a man after his death, with
interludes by angels and other heavenly beings.
HARDY COUNTRY: suite for small or large ensemble with or without
vocal part in nine self-contained movements, plus three poem settings
A ZODIAC OF ANGELS: suite of 12 pieces depicting the situation
and function of twelve heavenly beings as defined in A Dictionary of
Angels by Gustav Davidson [selected & set in verse by John Smith].
THE ROYAL BOX, 1992: suite in nine movements based on phrases
from 'royal' life, eg. The Old Pretender, The Royal Prerogative,
A Lady in Waiting, etc.
BOVINGDON POPPIES, 1993: oratorio
LINDA, 2003: oratorio
buy Michael Garrick's CDs, available currently on his own label Jazz Academy Records
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Read about Garrick's 'Year of the Harriott', events to celebrate the life of his erstwhile musical partner, Joe Harriott
DJ Gilles Peterson has put together a compilation of British jazz from the 1960s and 1970s, with tracks by Michael Garrick, Don Rendell & Ian Carr, Joe Harriott, Ronnie Ross, Tubby Hayes & Graham Collier. The Impressed CD [£12.99] is also available as a double LP [£17.99]: the vinyl includes a bonus track.