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  • Audio CD (7 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Act
  • ASIN: B00ICP416E
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Following quickly on from the Duo Art release Reverie at Schloss Elmau, that saw Gwilym paired with Russian pianist Yuri Goloubev, the Welsh pianist returns with a more expansive work, again featuring Goloubev and with Martin France at the drums. Gwilym's latest project features music in that space between classical and jazz where he feels most comfortable. The album consists of two works: "Move!" - a suite of three movements linked by solo piano interludes, for jazz quartet with the City of London Sinfonia - and "Simple Tales" - a more straightforward collection of tunes, originally written as a commission for Classical piano trio and featuring Thomas Gould on violin and Will Schofield on cello, here augmented with bass and drums.

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Simcock s score expertly expands his florid and rhythmic piano style to the larger canvas without straying too far from diatonic principles. --Financial Times

'elegantly composed' --Jazzwise

4 STARS **** Pianist/composer Gwilym Simcock previewed the second of these two suites Simple Tales, for a quintet featuring violin, cello and jazz trio in London in January, and its intricate classical contrapuntalisms and diverse themes delivered with a punchy jazz freedom were impressive then, and are all the more so here. Thomas Gould is once again the violinist, joining cellist Will Schofield, bassist Yuri Goloubev and drummer Martin France on themes that join romantic yearnings, percussive twisters reminiscent of Chick Corea's Spain, and joyous barn-dancing knees-ups. The suite Move! (for jazz quartet and chamber orchestra) sounds more like jazz-inflected classical music. But if its tight structure, melodic latticework and elegantly harmonised orchestration might appear to evict jazz, the chords and brass parts sometimes suggest Kenny Wheeler, while Simcock's solo-piano interludes are contrastingly loose and abstract, and the stridently marching Industrial, with its clamouring horns and funky-Jarrett piano break, bustles with spontaneous life. John Fordham --The Guardian, Thursday 23 May 2014

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Wow,! Quite an album! Is it a jazz album? Is it classical? Suppose the term is crossover. When I first played this I had to get my ears acclimaticed.
The album from 2014 comprises two "suites": "Move!" And "Simple Tales".
On "Move!" We have four jazz musicians: Gwylim Simcock (p), Yuri Goloubev (b), Martin France (d) and John Parracelli (gtr) plus the fourteen piece City Of London Sinfonia. Three movements and two interludes all written by Simcock. For me the last movement is the most commanding : "Industrial" (written for his father). Gwylim Simcock is really the own soloist, but the interplay between the jazz musicians and the Sinfonia is interesting and works!
The second "suite" is really five separate pieces and are played by a quintet featuring GS, YG and MF with a cellist and violinist, both from the Sinfonia.
I have frequently wondered why jazz, in general, has not adopted the cello or violin since both can be played to offer "blue notes" etc.
To be fair I haven't had this album long enough to digest its minutia but first impressions are very favourable.
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THE WORLDS of orchestral music and contemporary jazz have always been, for me, on a par, their life-enhancing qualities able to spark a similar depth of emotion and appreciation. Sometimes, however, when the two are brought face to face, the result can be less than convincing – at best, forced and unnatural; at worst, excruciatingly unpalatable. A successful synthesis requires an equal measure of advanced compositional and improvisatory insight, as well as accomplished performers who are responsive to the demands and challenges.

Cue pianist/composer Gwilym Simcock, The City of London Sinfonia conducted by Clark Rundell, double bassist Yuri Goloubev, drummer Martin France and guitarist John Parricelli. Classically trained, Simcock already has, in his early thirties, an extraordinary track record: involved in a huge array of international jazz projects; BBC Radio 3′s first New Generation Artist; various premières and commissions (including the BBC Proms); recently instrumental in the realisation of the inaugural BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year competition; and a string of solo and collaborative album releases to his name. So it’s fascinating to hear these new works, specifically written for orchestral and chamber formats.

Instrumation presents two original five-movement suites: Move!, a City of London Sinfonia commission for piano, orchestra, double bass, drums and guitar; and Simple Tales (more a collection of individual pieces) for quintet – piano, violin, cello, double bass and drums. Both are through-composed by Simcock whilst allowing improvisatory freedom within – and there’s a discernable sense of engagement and drive amongst the players which informs the cohesion and sophistication of this crossover.

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When a jazz album is created with the finest classical musicians such as Gwilym Simcock and Thomas Gould... it's an album to own! Get it, and you'll be happy you did! Just fantastic!
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