Born in Kendal, Cumbria Gavin Barras studied music at the University of Manchester, receiving private tuition from Roberto Carillo-Garcia and Corin Long. Whist studying classical music Gavin continued developing his love for jazz and received lessons from Steve Berry in jazz bass. Gavin is a busy working musician, actively involved in several recording and touring projects both in the UK and abroad
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The Independent on Sunday – June 10th 2012
Album: Gavin Barras Quintet, Day of Reckoning (ASC)
The first jazz response to last summer’s riots, inspired by bassist Barras’s
experience travelling back from a gig at Ronnie Scott’s to his home in
Manchester, where he watched TV news with the sound down as he composed
the material for this album.
It’s a quintet, with Ed Jones on tenor, Corey Mwamba on vibes, Steve Plews on
piano and Dave Walsh on drums and the overall mood is swinging but edgy,
with Jones wailing mightily.