Michael Garrick – Anthem

Apr.10, 2012


Michael Garrick Quintet ANTHEM, argo ZFA 92, 45 rpm (UK) 1965


Very rare uk 7”

Another UK jazz gem. The mighty Michael Garrick Quintet in a pretty unusual setting… with an organist and a vocal group “The Elizabethan Singers”….

Free jazz and sacred music… what could go “wrong”?

It is to DC a pretty weird mix… but the playing is so gooooood! Harriott is beaming of energy even if the music is a bit overthetop pretentious perhaps ?

But we can assure you all… anything with Joe Harriott from this period ,mid 60´s, is worth going after.

Very few sax players had the same energy and luminous quality… Harriott was spectacular and this 7” is one of the hardest to find. His whole discography is a very hairy challenge… many of his 7” and 12” releases are made in very small editions and very sought after. His partner Shake Keane is heard playing “sacred” with the organist in a unusual way… but the big thrill here is of course Harriott!


Michael Garrick  – piano

Joe Harriott – alto sax

Shake Keane – trumpet

Coleridge Goode – bass

Colin Barnes – drums

Simon Preston – organ

The Elizabethan Singers – voices