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.
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.”
Route to the roots: Robert Randolph & The Family Band’s ‘Have Mercy’ from the band’s forthcoming studio album, Brighter Days is a bit of a must, a heartfelt gospel vocal on top of a laidback groove to die for. The sacred steel specialist and his band worked with producer Dave Cobb on Brighter Days. The Family Band features Robert’s cousins bassist Danyel Morgan and drummer Marcus Randolph along with his sister, vocalist Lenesha Randolph. The album also includes a cover of Pops Staples & the Staples Singers’ ‘Simple Man.’