Gwilym Simcock - Perception
- Kenny Mathieson
- 4 January 2008
Simcock’s flowing pianism and fertile musical imagination are constantly to the fore in a selection of his own impressive compositions on this much-anticipated and highly accomplished debut album, rounded out by interpretations of two standards, ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ and a version of ‘My One and Only Love’ (recorded live a couple of weeks after the studio session in June).
The pianist has established a reputation as one of the brightest talents to have emerged on the UK jazz scene in recent times, but resisted the temptation to rush onto disc. His patience has been vindicated in the assurance and maturity evident in the music. He teams up with regular collaborators Phil Donkin on bass and drummer Martin France, with the great Stan Sulzmann on saxophones on five selections, and guitarist John Parricelli on four of those. Percussionist Ben Bryant also features alongside France on half the album.