Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
Gwilym Simcock (piano), Mike Walker (guitar), Steve Swallow (electric bass) / or Steve Rodby (bass), Adam Nussbaum (drums)
Inspirational, dazzling, melodically enthralling music from two of the UK’s finest musicians with two great stars of the US jazz scene.
Multi award winning pianist Gwilym Simcock has been named checked as a genius by no less Chick Corea and has worked extensively throughout Europe with the cream of British and international jazz artists including Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Bob Mintzer and Bobby McFerrin. Mike Walker is regarded as one of Europe's most exciting guitarists and has worked with George Russell's the Creative jazz Orchestra, Vince Mendoza, Anthony Braxton, Bill Frisell, Tim Berne, and Mark-Anthony Turnage. Steve Swallow is regarded as the leading exponent of the bass guitar and his illustrious career spans decades of playing many of the great - Paul Motian, Lee Konitz, John Scofield, Carla Bley, Chris Potter and many others. Steve and his long-time friend and rhythm section partner Adam Nussbaum have worked on many projects together. Adam's work with Michael Brecker won a Grammy in 1988.
Awards:Winners of the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2013
I don’t think I’ll hear a more memorable gig this year so they are worth travelling a long way for.
Album number two - to be produced by Steve Rodby (interviewed here)- is being recorded in the next few weeks – I’m in a state of aural salivation. 29/06/2012 London Jazz
The upper echelon of the jazz world is a place of constantly shifting alliances. But even by those standards, the Impossible Gentlemen is a rare and fabulous group of talents. 27/06/2012 David Sinclair, The Times 4 stars****
Crazy name, crazy group, but crazy like foxes. An OBE, please, for the anonymous producer who thought to introduce two US veterans, bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Adam Nussbaum, to a couple of Mancunian mavericks who had never worked together before. 14/06/2011 Jack Massarik, Evening Standard 5 stars *****
Packing more into eight tracks than many could manage in that number of albums ...it’s simply outstanding BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE 5 STARS *****
This shimmering jewel of style and substance is jazz at its most exalted, and simply has to be heard. Here's a crude and approximate map reference, but one that gets close to the buried treasure. Imagine guitarist Pat Metheny's trio masterpiece, Day Trip (Nonesuch, 2007), add a pianist of commensurate genius, and you are banging on the disc's front door. It is that good. Allaboutjazz