The Impossible Gentlemen CD
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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
"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
Top Customer Reviews
Luckily, the band will visit Birkenhead in November to take part in the Intenational Guitar Festival, looking forward to that.
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.
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.
1hr 3mins 36secs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As debut albums go, this is one of the best of it's type! The way the "gentlemen" compliment each other with their playing is excellent.Published on 1 Nov. 2013 by Rubarb
Having heard the odd tracks on the Radio this delivered on every personal criteria. Inspiring melodies, gifted musicians and an excellent production.
the only bad thing with this recording is that it leaves you with the need to see the group perform livePublished on 14 July 2013 by A. G. Patience
This debut from The Impossible Gentlemen is full to bursting with accessible melodies, burning ensemble and solo instrumental prowess and most importantly, heart. Read morePublished on 11 Aug. 2011 by Bassline