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Internationally Recognised Aliens

The Impossible Gentlemen Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BASHO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,799 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As their name suggests, The Impossible Gentlemen are no ordinary band. Crossing generational and geographical boundaries, this jazz supergroup is a special, unique experience both for the musicians and for audiences. As the band convenes relatively infrequently, every gig and every recording is a magical event that captures something once seemingly 'impossible'. 'Internationally Recognised Aliens', the band's second album, finds them branching out yet further, taking new risks and making music that is adventurous, accessible and tinged with sometimes surreal humour. In addition to the established quartet of Gwilym Simcock, Mike Walker, Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum, 13 Grammy award-winner Steve Rodby now takes on a greater role, serving as producer and playing bass on two tracks. Steve Rodby has been part of the band for over a year, touring with the group. He brings a wealth of ideas and experience from his long career working with Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays. Three tracks (Modern Day Heroes, Heute Loiter and Love In Unexpected Places) are co-writes between Simcock and Walker. Both of these excellent musicians are used to more auteurist compositional scenarios, so this collaborative process took the musicians away from their comfort zones and kept the music sounding fresh and exciting. Sometimes this was a matter of Walker adding key detail to a virtually completed Gwilym Simcock tune (Modern Day Heroes), at others (Love in Unexpected Places), the pieces emerged naturally from rehearsals. Walker's interest in blurring the lines between jazz, rock, pop and classical music is an ever-present feature, creating a new whole from these tried and tested forms. Humour is also a hugely important aspect of this album's idiosyncratic character. Heute Loiter begins with Mike Walker grappling for the right sound on his guitar, whilst Crank of Cam Bay was inspired by one of Steve Swallow's stories about a man whose hideaway vacation home is interrupted with the sounds of marauding hoards of tourist families and whom he heckles with a megaphone. It features the voice of Swallow himself. Whereas much of the music contained on the band's debut had been written before the group had even been formed, all the music for 'Internationally Recognised Aliens' was penned with this particular ensemble in mind. Just To See You even presented a rare opportunity to implement the procedure known as 'Steve Squared', with Steve Swallow playing the melody and Steve Rodby underpinning the groove. This is honest, joyful music that tells a strong story and takes the listener on a journey. The music is also unpredictable and exciting, offering different spaces for improvisation rather than the usual theme and improvising sequence. A key aspiration for the band is longevity, and they seem poised to succeed - this is music that stands to be listened to repeatedly, yielding new surprises and greater detail with every play.


Best Jazz Ensemble --Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2013

"...the Impossible Gentlemen is a rare and fabulous group of talents" --David Sinclair, The Times

"a fine second album from the Gents, and some of Walker's and Simcock's improvisations are awesome" --The Guardian ****

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent..... caution! 13 Sep 2013
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excellent and fluent playing on good compositions..some great grooves and a wide selection of styles..all playing well. Solos often a bit short [concise?] so the players' ability to stretch ideas and develop these into new and exciting worlds are cut short, unlike when they appear 'live'. Also a 'humorous' track with a story overstays its welcome... hearing the same 'amusing' joke over and over again rarely pays dividends- it is steve swallow 'impersonating' a curmudgeon.. a postmodern joke about a joke?..... Judicious editing, fewer tracks with more expansive solos might be the way forward....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great musicianship and tunes 2 Sep 2013
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I am writing this review to give those excellent musicians and their compositions their due; they do deserve indeed a 5 star rating for this fantastic second album. There are many influences that can be heard throughout the record (funk, jazz, rock, Latin) the result of diverse jazz universes colliding into a fantastic plethora of sounds and harmonies. I'll let the listener discover the rich tapestry of styles rather than drop famous names to ease the comparison. These guys are far too good to be reduced to a few references. The playing is virtuosic, the music beautiful and direct with great subtleties that will keep you coming back for more. The harmonic and rhythmic approach is incredibly exciting and fresh. You can sense a great love for jazz music throughout the album, and the beautiful ballad that closes the album is a lovely statement in that regard. The band's great synergy makes for high quality music with a ton of energy and enjoyment. Hold on to your hats chaps! And thank you gentlemen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb follow-up 19 Sep 2013
By Nelson
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The supergroup surpasses its first faltering steps. The blurb tells us this collection was written for the project while the eponymous first album consisted of pieces the members brought to the party and I reckon it shows. Hangs together better although more diverse. It is very much a studio creation, controlled and perceived as a whole (at least by me) and has the virtues and vices this brings. The Crank suffers but little from the Steve Swallow narration, and perhaps could not stand without it. It is less a post-modern joke than a shaggy dog story on which to hang the music. All in all a step on from the first outing and I look forward to the live double CD recorded at Ambleside (in my dreams).
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5.0 out of 5 stars One step further 23 Sep 2013
By Steve D
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Not a re-run of the first album, but a development of a "sound" for the Gents. Strong tunes, but more suited to the band as a whole - some of Mike Walker's tunes on the last album had been performed previously by other ensembles. This album shows the band with more of an identity, even on the tunes with both bassplayers where you'd think that there might be something of a "stopgap" going on. But no, everything flows musically.

Well worth your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant follow up album. 1 Nov 2013
By Rubarb
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The Impossible Gentlemen are on great form in this their follow up album to their debut album. I look forward to more from them!
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