Gavin Barras Quintet Releases "Day Of Reckoning"

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Gavin Barras QUINTET 
NEW ALBUM – Day of Reckoning (ASC Record)

Release Date: June 11, 2012

As excitement builds for the launch of Gavin Barras’s latest album, Day of Reckoning, ASC Records are proud to confirm that saxophonist Ed Jones is a major feature of the album. Also featuring Dave Walsh on drums, Corey Mwamba on vibes and Steve Plews, piano The album was inspired by the riots and violence that spread throughout the country last summer. Gavin explains:

“On August 8 2011 I was in London playing at Ronnie Scott’s as part of the Brit Jazz Fest. Throughout the day it became clear that there was a lot of trouble in the city, and riots which began in Tottenham were spreading to other parts of London. On the drive back home to Manchester we listened to the news as the full magnitude of the situation became apparent and there was a real possibility that riots could start in Manchester. The next day I was due to play at Matt and Phred’s Jazz Club; the gig was cancelled on the advice of Greater Manchester Police and I spent the rest of the night watching footage of parts of the city burning whilst listening to my favourite records and composing all of the tunes that appear on this album. The tune 'Day of Reckoning' depicts that day, the sense of foreboding, the sinister gangs on street corners, the violence and looting—and the sudden end."

Gavin is a busy working musician, actively involved in several recording and touring projects both in the UK and abroad. He has played with musicians such as saxophonists Tim Garland, Dave O’Higgins, Iain Dixon and Ed Jones; trumpeters Neil Yates and Steve Waterman; pianists Les Chisnall, Dan Whieldon, Rick Simpson and Zoe Rahman; guitarists Mike Walker, Stuart McCallum, Gary Boyle and Mike Outram; drummers Luke Flowers, Dave Walsh, Jon Scott, Pat Illingworth and Eryl Roberts. Gavin also enjoys composing and promoting his own music. ‘Day of Reckoning’ is Gavin’s first release under his own name and the album combines the American and European Jazz traditions that he has been immersed in for many years. ASC Records owner Steve Plews sums it up.” Gavin is a musical polymath: composer, producer, musician., I see him as a modern day Mingus’

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