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GROOVEYARD is the result of a collaboration between flautist GARETH LOCKRANE and tenor/baritone saxophonist ALEX GARNETT, initially inspired by the likes of the Eddie Lockjaw Davis Cookbook, Eddie Harris, Shirley Scott and Cannonball Adderley (all such leading exponents of the 'soul-jazz' movement of the 1960's) with an aim to update their innovations for the 21st century!

The repertoire of the band varies from original compositions drawing on jazz, soul, funk and gospel influences to rearrangemens of tunes by such legendary jazz composer/instrumentalists as Horace Silver, Pepper Adams and Thad Jones. The rest of the band comprises of MIKE OUTRAM on guitar, the REVEREND PETE WHITTAKER on Hammond organ and MATT HOME on drums, a tightly cohesive trio in its own right and one which can switch remarkably easily between genres without ever sacrificing their unique sound and identity.

Between them they have recorded and performed with; Herbie Mann, The James Taylor Quartet, Jim Mullen, Ray Gelato's Giants, Dave O'Higgins, Stacey Kent, The Wonder Stuff, Echoes of Ellington, Bobby Wellins and many more...

The new CD on Gailforce records is entitled PUT THE CAT OUT, the debut recording of the band (and featuring original member Tom Gordon on drums). It comprises five original compositions from the pen of Gareth Lockrane, (PUT THE CAT OUT, STUTTER FUNK, LOCK-UP!, GROOVERIDER, SLOW BURNER) which show the versatility of the band as a genre-crossing unit and which also showcase the individual improvisatory talents of each player.

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BEST EUROPEAN JAZZ GROUP 2003

GROOVEYARD EUROPEAN SUCCESS STORY!

Since recording the CD the band has gone on to win the highly coveted Best European Jazz Group Award in the 2003 Granada Jazz Festival (Spain), with part of the prize being the recording of a brand new album (currently in production) to be distributed in the summer of 2004 throughout Europe and America and limited-editions in the UK WATCH THIS SPACE!