Gary Barlow & Friends is a TV show performed by Take That lead singer and The X Factor UK judge Gary Barlow recorded live at the Manchester Apollo, and issued on 1st January 2013. The performances include collaboration with English comedian and actor Peter Kay, his fellow The X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger, English songwriter Mark Owen and British boy band JLS.
James Corden and Gary Barlow head out on a road trip for this BBC One documentary, as James gets up close and personal with the man behind the music of his youth and discusses Gary’s meteoric pop comeback. Gary Barlow has had one of the most incredible stories in pop history. We follow Gary’s near-25-year career, from how his career began, the Take That phenomenon, the wilderness years as the industry he loves cast him aside, and the darker times which have inspired his lyrics.
One of our biggest music stars Gary Barlow faces his toughest gig when he heads to the harsh terrain of Afghanistan to perform an exclusive concert for British troops. The morale-boosting visit sees the X Factor judge spend two days with soldiers, sailors and airmen, both Regular and Reservist, experiencing life on the base and culminating in a one-off performance in front of around 1,000 troops. Travelling around 4,000 miles to Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, our cameras are granted exclusive access to follow the superstar as he gains an invaluable insight into life in camp for these extraordinary servicemen and women.
Gary Husband, English legendary drummer and pianist, interprets the work of Mahavishnu guitar great and bandmate John McLaughlin (Miles Davis, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, the 4th Dimension). “This is Gary Husband in full bloom: Wonderful!!!”John McLaughlin. “These are tour-de-force piano performances, with effortless technical piano artistry.” MICHAEL GIBBS (arranger, Mahavishnu Orchestra “Apocalypse”).“Supreme inventiveness, absolute creativity and unique and deeply moving piano music!! Truly inspiring!!” CHICK COREA.
Robert Walter hails from the Greyboy academy of jazz. Spirit of '70 is a solid outing for him, but the funk/jazz legend Gary Bartz steals the show. On tracks like "Corey's Snail and Slug Death," Bartz plays with restraint, frothing with fresh ideas and confidently reaffirming his status as an underrated jazz giant. "Volcanic Acne" is the most cohesive track on the album and shows just how exciting Walter's playing can be when he's inspired. Walter's desire to re-create the "'70s spirit" unfortunately fails to reinvent it.
The young, American, all-female Lark Quartet have been gathering prizes and critical encomia over the past ten years or so, and these sensitively prepared performances of three of Schnittke’s most memorable chamber pieces show just why. I’m pretty sure I’ve not heard a better focused or more full-blooded account of the Second Quartet, nor one which held my attention more consistently.