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  • Audio CD (6 Jun. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Basho
  • ASIN: B004X5YD5G
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,172 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Anglo-American 'supergroup' featuring internationally acclaimed British pianist Gwilym Simcock, brilliant Salford guitarist Mike Walker with American bass and drums superstars Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum. The Impossible Gentleman, featuring internationally acclaimed British piano sensation Gwilym Simcock, Salford guitarist and UK treasure Mike Walker and American bass and drums superstars Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum, is nothing less than remarkable with four unique international headliners, coming together to create something new and powerful. Critics and audiences alike raved about the band's mini-tour last spring. Here then is the result of that inspired meeting, a debut recording. The Anglo-US quartet, fulfilled all its promise – and then some. Walker's contribution to this ensemble was nothing short of sensational, through plenty of quiet but compellingly lyrical music, as well as some postbop gallops and a spectacular roaring blues. Simcock set the improv bar early on with a surging, McCoy Tyner-like solo on his own convoluted-bop theme, and Walker's fast Laugh Lines revealed his rare balance of meticulousness, spontaneity, storytelling and tonal bite as a soloist

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"Each one is a virtuoso, but that's taken for granted. It's the interplay between them that matters, the way every nuance fits magically into the ever-changing pattern. And it's not all action and energy either; the duet between Simcock and Walker in "Gwil's Song" is the most sensuous sound imaginable. Absorbing." -- (Ivan Hewitt) Daily Telegraph 4 stars ****

"Gwilym Simcock Dazzles With Anglo-American Supergroup" -- Jazzwise

"This is simply a first-rate jazz album by an Anglo-American quartet which is unimpeachably mainstream. It's terrific."
-- BBC Music Magazine *****

"This should be the start of something big"
-- London Jazz

"the Anglo-US quartet, fulfilled all its promise - and then some. Walker's contribution to this ensemble was nothing short of sensational, through plenty of quiet but compellingly lyrical music, as well as some postbop gallops and a spectacular roaring blues. Simcock set the improv bar early on with a surging, McCoy Tyner-like solo on his own convoluted-bop theme, and Walker's fast Laugh Lines revealed his rare balance of meticulousness, spontaneity, storytelling and tonal bite as a soloist" -- (John Fordham) The Guardian

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Being a self-confessed Metheny Group addict, I was ready to be unimpressed, so I'm delighted I was wrong. The sublime fusion crafted by The Impossible Gentlemen easily fills the gap left whilst we wait for the successor to The Way Up. Gwilym Simcock may just be the person we look to take over from Esbjorn Svensson, easily surpassing Brad Mehldau in my opinion. I'm also asking myself how I've missed out on Mike Walker until now.
Luckily, the band will visit Birkenhead in November to take part in the Intenational Guitar Festival, looking forward to that.
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A really good Jazz/funk/impro album with a distinctly British feel; star of the show is Mike Walker, Manchester's guitar hero, with Gwillim Simcock in good form on piano and melodica. Stand out tracks are Wallanda's Last Stand, referring to the tightrope walker (pun?) not the Swedish detective, and Gwil's Song, but the album as a whole recaptures some of the live sound, and having seen Mike Walker's Steely Dan inspired gig with the young Turks of the Royal Northern Big Band comparisons with the Dan and LA Express are valid. If you can't see them live, this is the next best. Recommended.
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bought this because i liked the name/cover and jazz.As i started listening i thought yes not bad...but in fact the opening tracks are good but later they really let rip .o.m.g. track 7 is ,my favourite track of all time.its up tempo and every instrument is superb,every solo..both the piano and guitar solos rival my favourite scofield or oscar peterson solos. there are also some truly beautiful slow numbers too,and as jazz should ,i feel it represents many emotions in life. do youself a favour...i think there is something for everyone here,and youll feel good at the end of this (unlike metheny whom i love but avoid due to requiring prozac after listening).
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Having been fortunate to have seen many jazz greats, even enjoyed their company, on occasions;
and seen jazz develop over sixty years, musicianship and empathy, coupled with swing are where it's at.

It simply does not get any better, four musicians out of the top drawer, at their creative best,
enjoying the gig. Miss it at your peril, humour, counterpoint, fidelity, swing and timeless harmonies
and invention, all of the highest order.

Peace, love.

Ivan Clark
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Fantastic debut album! A studio album with a raw live feel. Innovative compositions full of power and depth of feeling. The album opens with Walkers bonkers composition Laughlines which had me...laughing.....the first time I heard it. Its a catchy tune that convinces me to sing along, which I can to a point but mute the track..ha ha very clever. Jazzers the world over are going to have a lot of fun with that one, there's already much talk amongst the musicians where I live. Also notable is the ballad (also by Walker)When You Hold Her, which is simply a masterpiece and is extremely moving. This album is full of stories..all meant and all said without words!
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I am a fan of Gwilym Simcock, so when I came across a review of this album in a magazine I was keen to try it. The line up is impeccable and the music does not disappoint. If you like this style of jazz, this album is a worthy owner of some shelf space
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The signs were not good,the first track is taken at breakneck speed,and does not bode well for the rest of the album,however the rest of the album is rather better
This seems to be ,on the surfaces a Mike Walker album as he has written about half the album,his guitar style particularly on the slower songs tends towards the John Scofield school of playing,particularly on the beautiful"Gwills Song" which for me is the highlight of the whole set.
The whole album is very pleasant to listen to,but after Simcocks excellent recent albumsGwilym Simcock - Good Days at Schloss ElmauBlues VignettePerception,i was expecting an album with more clarity.
The albums closer"Sure would baby" is a nice take on the blues.
Gwilym Simcock.....Piano
Mike Walker.....Guitar
Steve Swallow.....Bass
Adam Nussbaum......Drums
1hr 3mins 36secs.
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