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.
TRACK of the DAY Éclats for Ornette by Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman
Issuing label Intakt have had a great run of releases oh for ages and this sparkling piano-violin duo recording is the latest in line, Time Gone Out is released next week. Crossing all sorts of boundaries between improvised music and what could to some sound just as easily “contemporary classical” ‘Éclats for Ornette’ one of the two tracks available pre-release fizzes with energy and daring while ‘Homesick for Another World’ harnesses a raw elegiac sense to its great advantage.