"Until now, relatively little has been known or written about this recording, but there are a few facts which we can now enlighten you with. This is a British modern jazz recording by the Michael Garrick Trio recorded in mid 1964. It precedes the October Woman recordings and was Garrick's first foray into longer sessions. The trio is as follows: Garrick on piano, Dave Green on Bass and Colin Barnes plays drums. One track was recorded with John Taylor on Bass instead of Dave Green.
Originally this six track mini album was privately pressed - almost handmade - on the obscure Airborne label, and was limited to 99 copies apparently for tax reasons, but few people have shed any more light on this or the tax benefits involved.
It is these circumstances that make this record nearly impossible to find. If you are wondering how on earth I managed to find one, well I came back from holiday a few years ago and an email was waiting for me asking if I wanted to buy one. I'd heard about it, advertised for a copy in all sorts of funny places for some while, but nothing had ever turned up. Then this. The shop that had emailed me had been given it to sell on by an old friend of the producer. He'd been given it when the album was made and had never played it as he didn't really like jazz. The shop had googled "Michael Garrick" hoping to find a buyer on line, and the only two links that came up were to Trunk Records and the British Jazz database. This was back in 2003 - how things have changed. But back in 2003 there was no information around about it, no popsike, less gossip and all anyone could go on was the RRPG, and book price was a steep #300. I went to the shop, asked what they wanted for it and held my breath. Their answer was very reasonable, I breathed out, we agreed a price and I walked away with the record having no idea what on earth it was going to sound like. It was covered in this old grubby residue as it had been stored in a plastic sleeve, inside a thick hand cut paper sleeve. There is a special name for this scabby vinyl look, but I don't know it. I had the record professionally cleaned and took it home to play it. It was all a little odd, as very few people had ever actually heard it - 99 copies are never going to get you a large audience. The music did not disappoint, and it quickly managed to tick all my mental musical boxes. I recorded it on to CD, wrote about it on the recommendations pages, and stuck it on the record shelf. Since then I have been badgered by all sorts of people wanting CD copies, or offering me money for it. In about 2005 I approached Mr. Garrick about issuing it. I think my approach was ill-timed and I quickly filed my reissuing thoughts away along with the record. If we FFWD to early 2007, a VG+ copy of the record appeared on eBay. I got lots of emails. It sold for just under #1000 to a Japanese collector. The day after the sale I got calls and emails from all sorts of other people, including Gerald Jazzman. He suggested that I approach Mr. Garrick again, as a record this rare and desirable should really be heard. So, I got in touch with Michael, and a deal was struck shortly afterwards."