Gary’s radio is a fairly comprehensive account of his musical activity since moving to Paris in 1988 at the age of 20. Stylistically these recordings cover a broad musical spectrum. Playing in different idioms, listening to, and studying multiple musical styles open up your ears and nourrish your imagination for improvising and composing.
For a jazz musician, although the emphasis is to move on to new ground, it can be interesting to look back and analyse your recordings from the past. He is proud to have participated in these recordings which represent distinct moments in his life, often with fond memories. On some tracks he remembers being nervous as hell, on others he felt elated in a whirlwind of energy.
The first DEMO tapes and LIVE recordings were instrumental to his decision to give up his University studies in Swansea, and to pursue a career as a jazz musician in Paris.
There is often a tendancy for musicians to be very (over) self critical (and never be really happy!) With hindsight he is fairly satisfied with the groove (swing) on these tracks. His solos are «work in progress» and always will be!
There are 3 track categories:
An extract from each album he has played on. Most of these albums were produced in a small quantity and might be unobtainable today. There are links for those albums which can still be purchased.
From tapes that were intended for finding work or for canvassing record producers.
Recordings from different gigs and radio broadcasts, with varying sound quality.
For details of the musicians please refer to the “Recordings” section.