A LANDMARK recording. This solo piano album of Gwilym Simcock’s acts as his own dedication to players he loves and reveres (Billy Childs, Brad Mehldau, Egberto Gismonti, Russell Ferrante, etc) but also and just as significantly represents a one stop visit to the remarkable style and sound of this astonishing pianist’s artistry. Simcock has a big technique but that never gets in the way of his torrential flood of melodic ideas which often land never far from a rhapsody and at all times are delivered with tenderness and skill. Jazz does not get any better than this in 2019.
Singer Claudia Campagnol releases her debut album I’m Strong later this month, a gutsy soulful affair which features an A-list of guests including musicians Jimmy Haslip, Vinnie Colaiuta and Gerard Presencer. The Dane, one of Denmark’s rising stars, plays the Danish Club Night at this year’s Jazzahead! in Bremen on Saturday 27 April.