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.
ALBUM of the week: KINO TRIO, Il Cielo Sopra Berlino, Babel **** RECOMMENDED
The Kino trio is led by the pianist Bruno Heinen, himself no stranger to the label, with bassist Michele Tacchi and drummer Riccardo Chiaberta completing the trio. Founded four years ago playing original compositions that sound like standards this is a deft blend. Heinen has an impressionistic touch, his bright delvings into the sound world of Bill Evans blossom here with fine backing from Tacchi and Chiaberta. A must for piano trio fans.