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Michael Garrick...
Pianist, composer and arranger Michael Garrick was born in Enfield, Middlesex in 1933 and after two years service in the RAF attended the Ivor Mairants school of Dance Music in London. In 1958, he formed a quartet with vibes player Peter Shade. They performed at the Beaulie Jazz Festival in that year, and in early 1959 recorded four titles for Hep Records. The group then played a years residency at London's Marquee Club.
He led his own groups from the 1960s and provided music for a series of Jazz and Poetry concerts with Joe Harriott and Shake Keane as well as studying with Bill Evans and Stan Tracey.
From 1965 until 1969 Garrick was with the Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet and was now steadily moving away from the jazz of the past and began to compose choral and other more formal works.
He was active as a teacher throughout his career and became Director of Jazz Academy in 1989 organising vacation courses at the Royal Academy of Music and Regents College. Michael Garrick died at Harefield Hospital on November 11th, 2011 at the age of 78.

Garrick took a rest from recording through the 1980s and early 1990s but returned in the early 2000s with quartet and big band recordings. Full details are not included here.

Tony Brooks was incensed by the Daily Telegraph's obituary on Michael Garrick:
"They described his first band as "a frank imitation of the Modern Jazz Quartet". I assume that the miserable hack who wrote that had never heard the band, which had nothing in common with the MJQ apart from the instrumental line-up. The repertoire consisted mainly of Garrick originals, quite different from anything the MJQ ever did. I only ever heard them play two MJQ arrangements, one of which, Angel Eyes, was soon dropped in favour of a different version featuring the voice of Brian Barnes. That points up another big difference - the MJQ never featured vocals, whereas Garrick not only had a singing drummer, but two female singers. I have only vague memories of Iris Adele, but Josephine Stahl was something else - a tall, slender girl with a voice like Ella Fitzgerald and a fantastic ability to swing".

The live recording detailed below was made at London University in 1958 but was not released on record. In June, 2010 Gearbox Records issued a limited edition 12" LP titled Silhouette...
Michael Garrick Quartet - 1958 (Unreleased)
Peter Shade (vib), Michael Garrick (p), Paul Hemmings (b), Brian Barnes (d,vcl), Josephine Stahl (vcls).
Angel Eyes/A Welter Of Phenomena/Silhouette/I'll Never Be The Same/Get Out Of Town/Threesome/Willow Weep For Me/I Saw Stars/Mr. Paganini.

Michael Garrick Quartet - January, 1959 (Kronos - Hep 2013 (one side of LP only))
Peter Shade (vib), Michael Garrick (p), Paul Hemmings (b), Brian Barnes (d).
Henry VIII's Favourite Laye/Vishnu/Barbara Allen/White Moon.

Jeremy Robson with The Michael Garrick Quintet - December 11th, 1962 (Blues For The Lonely - Columbia SEG 8244)
Jeremy Robson (reader) with Shake Keane (tp), Joe Harriott (as), Michael Garrick (p), John Taylor (b), Alan Green (d).
Cascades/Blues For The Lonely/Day Of Atonement/Sketches Of Israel.

The Shake Keane and Michael Garrick Quartette - May, 1963 (Airborne Rec NBP0002)
Shake Keane (flhrn), Michael Garrick (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Bobby Orr (d).
Fish Babies*/Watershute*/Sun Maiden*/Regrets*.
(Trunk Records CD - Rising Stars)

Michael Garrick Trio with Joe Harriott and Shake Keane - 1963 (Poetry And Jazz In Concert Vol's 1& 2 - Argo (Z)DA 26/27)
Jeremy Robson (1) and Adrian Mitchell (2) readers with Shake Keane (tp), Joe Harriott (as), Michael Garrick (p), John Taylor (b), Colin Barnes (d).
Vishnu/Wedding Hymn/Salvation March/Pals (2)/Approaching Mount Carmel.(1)/The Midnight Scene (1)/A Face In The Crowd (1)/Dixieland Improvisation/She's Like a Swallow
(Vocalion CD - Poetry & Jazz In Concert/Before Night/Day)

Michael Garrick Trio - 1964 (Moonscape - Airborne NEP004)
Michael Garrick (p), Dave Green or John Taylor (1 only) (b), Colin Barnes (d).
A Face In The Crowd (1)*/Moonscape*/Music For Shattering Supermarkets*/Sketches Of Israel*/Man Have You Ever Heard*/Take Off*.
(Trunk Records CD - Moonscape)

The recording detailed below was made at the Churchill Studios in London some time in 1964 but was not released at the time. In January, 2011 Gearbox Records issued a limited edition 12" EP...
Michael Garrick Quartet - 1964 (Gearbox Records - GB1507)
Dick Morrissey (ts), Michael Garrick (p), Dave Green (b), Colin Barnes (d).
Blues/Autumn Leaves/The Gypsy/The Girl With Brown Hair.

Michael Garrick Quintet - November 9th,10th and 11th, 1964 (October Woman - Argo DA33)
Shake Keane (tp), Joe Harriott (as), Michael Garrick (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Colin Barnes (d).
Seven Pillars*/Little Girl*/Sweet And Sugary Candy*/Anthem*/Sketches Of Israel*/October Woman*/Echoes*/Blue Scene (SK and JH out)*/Return Of An Angel (SK and JH out)*/Fairies Of Oneiros (SK and JH out)*.
(*Vocalion CD - October Woman / Wedding Hymn)

Michael Garrick Quintet - April 18th, 1965 (Wedding Hymn - Argo EAF(ZFA)92)
Shake Keane (tp), Joe Harriott (as), Simon Preston (org), Michael Garrick (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Colin Barnes (d), Elisabethan Singers.
Anthem (vcl)*/Wedding Hymn*
(*Vocalion CD - October Woman / Wedding Hymn)

Michael Garrick Sextet - May 27th, 1965 (Promises - Argo ZDA36)
Ian Carr (tp,flhrn), Joe Harriott (as), Tony Coe (ts), Michael Garrick (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Colin Barnes (d).
Promises*/Parting Is Such*/Merlin The Wizard*/Second Coming*/Requiem*/Leprechaun Leap*/Portrait Of A Young Lady*/(Three other titles exclude Carr and Harriott).
(*Vocalion CD - Promises)

Michael Garrick Trio - May 28th, 1965 (Promises - Argo ZDA36)
Michael Garrick (p,celeste-1), Dave Green (b), Colin Barnes (d).
I've Got Rhythm*/A Thing Of Beauty*/Song By the Sea*.
(*Vocalion CD - Promises)

Jeremy Robson with The Michael Garrick Quintet - May 28th, 1965 (Before Night/Day - Argo EAF 115)
Jeremy Robson (reader) with Ian Carr (tp), Joe Harriott (as), Michael Garrick (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Colin Barnes (d).
Cascade*/Blues For The Lonely*/Before Night:Day*/Day Of Atonement*/Sketches Of Israel*/The Game*.
(Vocalion CD - Poetry & Jazz In Concert/Before Night/Day)

Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet - November 10th, 1965 (Live from 'The Highwayman' in Camberley)
Ian Carr (tp), Don Rendell (ts,sop), Michael Garrick (p), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
Blues By Five*/Jonah And The Whale*/Shades Of Blue*/Hot Rod*/Garrison '64*/Promises*.
(*Harkit CD - Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet Live in London)

Michael Garrick Septet - January 3rd, 1966 (Black Marigolds - Argo (Z)DA88)
John Smith (reader - 1) with Ian Carr (tp,flhrn), Joe Harriott (as), Don Rendell (ts,sop), Tony Coe (ts,cl), Michael Garrick (p), Dave Green (b), Colin Barnes (d).
A Jazz Nativity (1)*/Jazz For Five (1)*/True Story (unissued).
(*Vocalion CD - Black Marigolds)
(*BGO CD - Black Marigolds / The heart is a lotus)

Michael Garrick Septet - January 10th and 11th, 1966 (Black Marigolds - Argo (Z)DA88)
Ian Carr (tp,flhrn), Joe Harriott (as), Don Rendell (ts,sop), Tony Coe (ts,cl), Michael Garrick (p), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
Webster's Mood*/Good Times*/Ursula*/Sixth Seal (unissued)/Ophelia's Lay (unissued)/Vishnu (unissued).
(*Vocalion CD - Black Marigolds)
(*BGO CD - Black Marigolds / The heart is a lotus)

Michael Garrick Trio - February 28th/March 1st, 1966 (Black Marigolds - Argo (Z)DA88)
Michael Garrick (p,harpsichord), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
Black Marigolds*/What Are Little Girls Made For?*/Carolling*/Spiders*.
(*Vocalion CD - Black Marigolds)
(*BGO CD - Black Marigolds / The heart is a lotus)

Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet - March 16th and 17th, 1966 (Dusk Fire - Columbia SX6064)
Ian Carr (tp,fl-hrn), Don Rendell (ts,sop,cl,f), Michael Garrick (p), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
Ruth*/Tan Sam Fu*/Jubal*/Spooks*/Prayer*/Hot Rod*/Dusk Fire*.
(*BGO CD - Shades Of Blue / Dusk Fire)

Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet - December 12th, 1966 (Live at the Union - Reel Recordings RR016)
Ian Carr (tp,fl-hrn), Don Rendell (ts,sop,f), Michael Garrick (p), Tony Reeves, Dave Green -1 (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
On (1)*/Ursula (1)*/Trane's Mood*/Webster's Mood*/Carolling*/Hot Rod*.
(*Reel Recordings CD - Live at the Union)

Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet - February 23rd and 24th, 1967 (Phase 3 - Columbia S(C)X6214)
Ian Carr (tp,fl-hrn), Don Rendell (ts,sop,f), Michael Garrick (p), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
Les Neiges d'Anton/Bath Sheba/Black Marigolds/Crazy Jane/On!
(*BGO CD - Phase lll / "Live")

Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet - March 18th, 1968 (Live - Columbia S(C)X6316)
Ian Carr (tp,fl-hrn), Don Rendell (ts,sop,cl,f), Michael Garrick (p), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
On Track*/Vignette*/Pavanne*/Ninjam*/Voices*/You've Said It*.
(*BGO CD - Phase lll / "Live")

Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet - July 23rd, 1968 (Live from Antibes)
Ian Carr (tp), Don Rendell (ts,sop), Michael Garrick (p), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
Pavanne*/Hot Rod*/Voices*.
(*Spotlite CD - Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet Live from Antibes and the Don Rendell Quartet and Quintet)

The recording below was for a BBC broadcast and was not issued commercially until Gearbox Records released a limited edition vinyl LP, (Prelude to Heart is a Lotus) in late 2013...
Michael Garrick Sextet - BBC Maida Vale, October, 1968
Ian Carr (tp), Don Rendell (as,fl,sop), Jim Philip (fl), Michael Garrick (p,cel,harpsichord), Coleridge Goode (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
Heart Is A Lotus/Sweet And Sugary Candy/Webster's Mood/Song By The Sea/Temple Dancer/Little Girl.
(Gearbox CD - Prelude to Heart is a Lotus)

The record detailed below was recorded in St. Pauls Cathedral, London...
Michael Garrick / Ian Carr - October 25th, 1968 (Jazz praises at St. Paul's - Airborne NBP0021)
Ian Carr (tp,flhrn), Jimmy Phillip (ts,cl,fl), Art Themen (ts,ss,fl,cl), Michael Garrick (org), Coleridge Goode (b), John Marshall (d)
Anthem*/Sanctus*/Kyrie*/Behold, A Pale Horse*/Salvation March*/Rustat's Grave Song*/The Lord's Prayer*/Agnus Dei*/Confiteor*/Psalm 73*/The Beatitudes* (on CD only)/Carolling* (on CD only).
(*Jazz Academy CD - Jazz Praises at St. Pauls)

Guy Warren - November 1st,2nd and 3rd, 1968 (Afro Jazz - Columbia SCX6340)
Ian Carr (tp,flhrn), Don Rendell (ts,sop), Michael Garrick (p), Amancio D'Silva (g), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins, Guy Warren (perc).
(Thirteen titles with Africa links - combinations of musicians play on different tracks).

Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet - March 20th and April 16th, 1969 (Change is - Columbia SCX6368)
Ian Carr (tp,flhn), Don Rendell (fl,ts,sop), Michael Garrick (p,harpsichord), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d) + Stan Robinson (cl,ts), Jeff Clyne (b), Guy Warren (perc).
Elastic Dream*.
Clyne and Warren out. Mike Pyne (p) replaces Garrick.
One Green Eye*.
Garrick replaces Pyne, Warren added, Robinson out.
Boy, Dog and Carrot*.
Ian Carr (tp,flhn), Don Rendell (fl,ts,sop), Michael Garrick (p,harpsichord), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
Cold Mountain*/Black Hair*/Mirage*.
(*BGO CD - Change Is - The Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet)

Recorded at the Farnham Festival, a private pressing was issued to festival goers...
Michael Garrick - May 13th, 1969 (Erase EO254)
Ian Carr (flhn), Art Themen, Don Rendell (reeds), Michael Garrick (p), Coleridge Goode (b), John Marshall (perc), John Smith (vcl).
Part One/Part Two.

The titles below were recorded at "Queen Elizabeth Hall", London. I have no record release information...
Michael Garrick Sextet - June 22nd, 1969 (?????)
Ian Carr (tp,flhrn), Don Rendell, Art Themen (ts,sop,cl,fl), Michael Garrick (p), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
Children's Chorus/Ophelia's Lay/Trane's Mood.

Michael Garrick Sextet - January 20th,21st and 22nd, 1970 (The heart is a lotus - Argo ZDA135)
Ian Carr (tp,flhrn), Don Rendell, Art Themen (ts,sop,cl,fl), Michael Garrick (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Trevor Tomkins (d), Norma Winstone (vcl).
The Heart Is a Lotus*/Song By The Sea*/Torrent*/Temple Dancer*/Blues On Blues*/Voices*/Beautiful Thing*/Rustat's Grave Song*/Rest (unissued).
(*Vocalion CD - The heart is a lotus)
(*BGO CD - Black Marigolds / The heart is a lotus)

Michael Garrick Trio - April 6th and 7th, 1972 (Cold mountain - Argo ZDA153)
Michael Garrick (p), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
Proclamation*/First Born*/Prayer*/Annunciation*/Thanksgiving Dance*/Cold Mountain*/Miranda Sleeping*.
(*Vocalion CD - Cold Mountain)

Michael Garrick Sextet - April 7th, 1972 (Home stretch blues - Argo ZDA154)
Henry Lowther (tp,flhrn,vln), Don Rendell (ts), Art Themen (ts,sop,fl), Michael Garrick (p,harpsichord), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d), Norma Winstone (vcl).
Home Stretch Blues*/Sweet And Low*/Epiphany*/Fire Opal and Blue Poppies*.
(*Vocalion CD - Home stretch blues)

Michael Garrick Sextet - October 13th, 25th and 26th, 1973 (Troppo - Argo ZDA163)
Henry Lowther (tp,flhrn,vln), Don Rendell, Art Themen (ts,sop,fl), Michael Garrick (p,el-p), Dave Green (b), Coleridge Goode (b-1), Trevor Tomkins (d), Norma Winstone (vcl).
Troppo!*/To Henry A Son*/Lime Blossom* (dr out)/Sons Of Art*/Fellow Feeling* (1)/Overtones Of A Forgotten Music* (dr out).
(*Vocalion CD - Troppo)

Michael Garrick Quartet - May 19th, 1978 (You've changed - Hep 2011)
Don Weller (ts), Michael Garrick (p), Chris Lawrence (b), Alan Jackson (d).
Third Floor Richard*/You've Changed*/Rhythm-a-ning*/Like Someone In Love*/Michael's Song*/On Green Dolphin Street*/Soft Awakening.
(*Hep CD - You've changed)

Don Rendell / Ian Carr / Michael Garrick - August 6th and 14th, 2001 (Reunion - Spotlite)
Don Rendell (cl,ts,sop), Ian Carr (flhrn), Mark Bassey (tb), Michael Garrick / Richard Busiakiewicz (p), Mario Costronari (b), Alan Jackson / Robin Jones (d).
Linger With Lester*/Pause And Effect*/I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me*/Penthouse Serenade*/Bernie's Tune*/If You Only Knew*/If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight*/Afterthought*/Smoke Screen*/How Deep Is The Ocean*/Struttin' With Some Barbecue*.
(*Spotlite CD - Don Rendell / Ian Carr - Reunion)


Michael Garrick returned to the recording studios in the mid 1990s and through to 2005 recorded regularly. Very brief details are listed below:

1994 Michael Garrick and Orchestra - Meteors close at hand - (Jazz Academy)
1995 Michael Garrick Trio + Don Rendell - Parting is such - (Jazz Academy)
1995/96 Michael Garrick Quartet and Orchestra - For Love of Duke....and Ronnie - (Jazz Academy)
1999 Michael Garrick Big Band - Down on your knees - (Jazz Academy)
2001 Michael Garrick - The new quartet - (Jazz Academy)
2003 Michael Garrick Jazz Orchestra - Peter Pan Jazz Dance Suite - (Jazz Academy)
2004 Michael Garrick Jazz Orchestra - Big band Harriott - (Jazz Academy)
2005 Michael Garrick Jazz Orchestra - Yet another spring - (Jazz Academy)
2005 Michael Garrick Jazz Britannia Orchestra - Children of time - (Jazz Academy)


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