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. His influences on bass include Ray Brown, Paul Chambers, Wilbur Ware, Charlie Haden, Christian McBride, George Mraz, Hein van de Geyn and electric bassist Jaco Pastorius. Gavin is also heavily influenced by Chet Baker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Enrico Pieranunzi and Billy Higgins
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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.