The Great Divide is a collective playing the music of composer- singer-songwriter-arranger Gerald Clark. Usually (but not always) featuring his piano, horn and string arrangments and vocals, often with guest apearences from vocalist Beatrice Leclere; the drumming of Eric Young, and the fine musicians that have helped to realise Gerald’s vision in the debut album “Terra Firma”.
The work features many characters searching for Solid Ground – be it the political prisoner in Guantanamo; the ‘Marty’ character in Koma-Ma Washi, or the reflection back to an idyllic childhood of Dacha (itself inspired by Nikita Mikhalkov’s Burnt by the Sun).
Name-checking London, Cuba and all the experiences in between – this is an album of complex, multi facetted compositions, unlike so much of the formula- based music of today, repaying repeated listening. Its an opening statement, but Gerald is still writing songs like this – there will be more from The Great Divide.