He turned out to be the respected UK jazz pianist Geoff Castle, who promptly invited me to join his band in the Famous Spiegeltent at the Edinburgh Festival later that year. My first UK gig, and a good one at that! Our friendship quickly grew and we recorded a bunch of our original tunes towards the end of the year, along with young jazz fusion musicians Steve Taylor (drums) and Rufus Philpott (bass). The tracks were never released, but after Geoff’s sudden death in February 2020 I went back and listened to them again. They stand up well despite the years in between, so I've put them up here for others to enjoy.
The tunes marked with asterisks are Geoff's originals, and the rest are my compositions or arrangements. Mine are available for download, but if you want to hear and download Geoff's tunes I encourage you to visit his website, where he has them recorded with many top names in the British jazz scene.
RIP Geoff Castle – you live on in your wonderful music.