Colin Fleming gives an insightful review to Mike Garson’s latest RR release The Bowie Variations in the January/February 2012 edition of JazzTimes!
“Having immersed yourself in an album that purports to be an extension on assorted musical themes by rock composer David Bowie, you might be surprised to find yourself not thinking about Bowie at all. Albums of this nature sometimes function as glorified tributes, adding a dollop of original artistry to go along with artistry that has long existed. Pianist Mike Garson’s achievement, though, is to have created something that is quite nearly autonomous, save that it owes its inspiration to the good Mr. Stardust…We go from one vista to another, sans checkpoints and borders, which was Bowies preferred mode of music travel, as Garson well knows.” – Colin Fleming
Read the full review on JazzTimes.com!
The Bowie Variations
“Whatever Mike lends his hands to invariably becomes something magical.”–David Bowie.
Beginning in 1972, super-versatile pianist Mike Garson performed, toured internationally and recorded with one of the most creative figures in popular music, David Bowie.
Having played the Bowie songbook in concert countless times, Garson always had the ambition to record his own original variations on these well-known themes. This is the year it came to fruition!
- Space Oddity
- John, I’m Only Dancing
- Life On Mars
- Ashes To Ashes
- Variations on “Changes”
- Let’s Dance
- Battle For Britain/Loneliest Guy/Disco King
- Tribute to David
- Wild is the Wind
- Bonus Track: Space Oddity–take 2