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.
Partisans’ first live album: there is undeniably a real snap of excitement about this, recorded in intimate circumstances in the Vortex, clean lines, lots of meaty soloing, and Gene Calderazzo sounding as up for it as you will ever hear him. Journeying through nods to Charlie Parker, Steely Dan and David Bowie the tunes ring out, Julian Siegel sounding like a British Michael Brecker and Phil Robson steady and astute as his front line partner, this is one of the best albums of the year to date: no doubt about it.
A gorgeously arranged latinate opening track from Triple Helix new from the Anat Cohen tentet next month, a co-commission for the Symphony Center Presents Jazz Series to celebrate its 25th anniversary and Carnegie Hall where it was premiered earlier this year amounting to a three-movement concerto. Musical director Oded Lev-Ari says: “Anat and I have always shared a musical connection that has been effortless and unspoken. As we have each developed as musicians and become proficient in various styles, genres and disciplines, that fundamental musical understanding has remained unchanged.”