Gareth Lockrane started playing at the age of 10 and after raiding his dad's record collection discovered jazz at 14. Early influences included Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Bill Evans and Stan Getz on the jazz side whilst also being transfixed by the great blues-rock guitarists of the 60s and 70s as a child - Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Albert Collins, Freddie King, Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy continue to be major influences. On flute the initial main inspirations were saxophone doublers like Frank Wess, James Clay, Roland Kirk, Bobby Jaspar and James Moody and later on he fell under the spell of flute visionaries like Jeremy Steig, Eric Dolphy, Hubert Laws, Paul Horn, Eddie Parker and James Newton amongst many others. ...
“...next big thing... since leaving the National Youth Jazz Orchestra,in which he was the star soloist, flautist Lockrane has become one of London's busiest freelancers. The lean and hungry Lockrane is the most exciting and inventive instrumentalist in the country.” —Jack Massarick, London Evening Standard
“...Lockrane's flute work is exceptional, combining a relaxed fluidity on the one hand with an acute adventurousness on the other...” —Peter Quinn, Jazzwise
“...Lockrane is an exceptional soloist with an improvisatory confidence that's quite startling...” —Peter Vacher, Jazzwise
“...the main feature of this cd is that it strongly features the flute, an instrument which has still not achieved a firm foothold in jazz. If the brilliant playing of Gareth Lockrane is anything to go by, that state of affairs may change...” —Dave Gelly, The Observer
“..Flute phenomenon!...” —Jack Massarick, London Evening Standard