Tim Gaze has enjoyed a long career as one of Australia’s pre-eminent guitar player / vocalists.
He formed his first band in 1966 when he was 13 years old. By the time he was 15, he was playing professionally in one of Australia’s first progressive blues surf rock bands, Tamam Shud. Since that early start, Tim has had a diversified career, here and overseas, both recording and working ‘live’ with artists Jimmy Barnes, Jon Lord, (Deep Purple), Bob Daisley (Ozzie Osbourne, Rainbow etc), Russell Morris, Brian Cadd, Gyan, Stevie Wright, Rob Grosser, Renee Geyer, Doc Span, Peter Howe (Morning Of The Earth), and more recently with ‘The Green Machine’, featuring Noosa mayor Bob Abbott, and Tim’s own band, The Echoes.
Tim has also played the major music festivals in Australia, including the main Entertainment Centres in Australia, The East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, The Sydney Opera House, Goulburn Blues Festival, The National Folk Festival Canberra, Port Fairy Folk Festival, The Gympie Music Muster, Qld., The Blue Mountains Folk Festival, The Annual Brisbane Blues Festival, The Brisbane Jazz and Blues Festival, and Blues on Broadbeach.
Tim is a busy session musician and has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at Riverfest as special guest guitar player forSurf’n’Symphony. Besides still playing with band line-ups and performing solo shows, Tim also teaches guitar professionally.
• Single of the Year – Aria
• Chain Award – Vocalist Of The Year, 2007
• Winner – International Surf Film Soundtrack – St.John De Luz, 2008
• Voted 14 out of 25 Best All Time Aussie Guitarists 2011 readers poll – Australian Guitarist Magazine.
Through the years Tim has been an influential member of several highly regarded Australian bands – Tamam Shud, Kahvas Jute, Ariel, Rose Tattoo, The Aussie Rebels and The Hoochie Coochie Men – as well as several bands featuring his own name. And then some.
“Reckless Love” features landmark tracks from all these groups including the 1973 Australian Single Of The Year – Jamaican Farewell by Ariel – and Suddenly byRose Tattoo’s Angry Anderson, the song that featured behind Scott and Charlene’s wedding on Neighbours and was aired around the world.
From the very beginning, Tim has had a strong association with surf music and the surf community. It began with Tamam Shud. The band was a significant contributor to the soundtrack of the early 70s Australian surf film Morning Of The Earth.
This lead to a number of other soundtracks including Band On The Run and the Hot Buttered Soul series. Tim and the Shud also performed on the acclaimed “Delightful Rain: a celebration of Australian surf music” in 2006.
A mixture of surf, blues and rock, “Reckless Love: The Tim Gaze Anthology” is an enjoyable track by track journey of one man’s contribution to Australian music history. Throughout, Tim’s electrifying guitar work shines through.
Jimmy Barnes comments on his mate, Tim Gaze
“Tim Gaze is and always has been one of the best guitarists that Australia has ever produced. I remember seeing him in the early days with the boys from Cold Chisel and we were all blown away with his taste and feel. Years later I was lucky enough to get to play with him in John Lord’s band. We became friends again and I immediately asked him to join my band. We have worked together on and off ever since. He is a great player and a great friend of mine. I cannot speak highly enough of him, he is one of nature’s true gentlemen. But not only that he can make his guitar sing like an angel and scream like the devil. He is truly gifted.”