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.
Cracking lead-off track here from Ariwo on their new album Quasi (Manana Records). The band bring together Iranian electronic composer Pouya Ehsaei, percussionist Hammadi Valdes; Oreste Noda; jazz trumpeter Jay Phelps and special guest saxophonist Camilla George.
Dates coming up:
22 May BRIGHTON, Brighton Festival 24 May NORWICH, Norwich & Norfolk Festival 25 May LONDON, Giant Steps 30 May, COVENTRY, The Tin 31 May, NEWCASTLE, Cobalt Studios 2 June, BRISTOL, Fleece