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Ged Brockie's dazzling premier solo venture features nine wonderfully crafted original compositions performed by an extraordinary collection of musicians. This dynamic recording features Brockie on electric and acoustic guitars, Paul Harrison on keyboards, Mario Caribe on acoustic and electric bass, Dave Stewart and Paul Mills on Drums, and David Sim on percussion. While the leader is best known as a member of the Scottish Guitar Quartet, this recording is sure to firmly establish the guitarist as a solo artist. Although several pieces feature the electric guitar, most of the album centers around Brockie's extraordinary acoustic playing. The opening "Spring in My Step" is a dazzling tour de force featuring dramatic unison flurries accompanied by impressive sweep-picking crescendos. This song is a great example of how an acoustic guitar can be a very formidable presence in contemporary improvised music. The two reflective solo acoustic pieces, "As the Sun Streams Through" and "The End of the Beginning," are also exceptional standouts. A future recording devoted to this genre would be an excellent follow up to this remarkable debut. Brockie is an extremely versatile musician equally gifted as a composer and improviser. The album offers the listener an eclectic array of musical genres ranging from Celtic, modern, classical, world, and jazz, all of which merge gracefully throughout this alluring recording. Fans of Pat Metheny and Earl Klugh will thoroughly enjoy this album. Also, those interested in seeing how versatile an acoustic guitar can be in a variety of musical settings, will find this collection extremely engaging. With "The Last View from Mary's Place," Brockie has earned himself a prominent position in the world of Contemporary Jazz assuring him an audience well beyond his native Scotland.
© James Scott
- minor7th.com


Ged Brockie is a member of the Scottish Guitar Quartet who released together a CD which was well received by the press and their fans.
Now there his solo album “The Last View From Mary's Place” which contains nine compositions, written by Ged Brockie.
There are 2 solo pieces on this CD and on the other tracks he is assisted by wonderful musicians on keyboard, bass and drums.
The music which is played finds its origin in jazz. “All The Streams Through” is a solo piece with a fine melody line and has a good structure and good balance just like the other solo part “The End of the Beginning”. The works reflect intimacy and spiritual moods. The tracks with the band reveal a fine chemistry between all players with top-notch compositions and noteworthy techniques, like on “Spring In My Step”, “The Day You Waved Goodbye” and “Love Spring Eternal”. Ged Brockie knows how to entertain his listeners and his composing skills are of a superb quality.

- Henk te Veldhuis - Bridge Guitar Reviews


A bold and sweeping album from Ged, with nine of his own pieces deftly demonstrating his talents as one of the top composers and guitarists on the contemporary jazz scene. Piano, guitars, synth. and drums meld and blast appropriately on this powerful CD. - Music In Scotland


Ged Brockie: The Last View From Mary’s Place (Circular). Proof, if guitar aficionados need it, that there’s more to life than Martin Taylor. - John Gibson - Edinburgh Evening News


Discography

• Solo album “Last View From Mary’s Place” circa 2000 released - (Circular 2005)
• Scottish Guitar Quartet: “Near The Circle” (Caber 2001)
• Scottish Guitar Quartet: “Fait Accompli” (Circular 2002)
• Jason Feichney “Out Of The Blue” (Independent 2004)
• Scottish Guitar Quartet: “Landmarks” (Circular 2005)
• Ronnie Ireland’s : “Awaiting release” (Independent 2005)

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A gifted composer as well as guitar player, Ged has worked at the highest levels of the music industry playing for composer Carl Davis, RSNO, BBC and a multitude of sideman recordings and West End productions on tour. Ged is best known for his recordings and live work with the Scottish Guitar Quartet which goes from strenghth to strength.
Early influences included Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny and Pat Martino, with composition and especially film music playing a strong creative draw for the last twenty years.
A prolific composer, Ged has worked on several independent feature films and shows. Ged also works with acclaimed Hollywood composer Hummie Mann on his Pacific Northwest film scoring program's Scottish summer school and has studied with Hollywood orchestrator Stephen Scott Smalley.
With a strong interest in music education Ged is also one of the co-directors of the international Jazz Course UK summer study programs.