Formed in London in 2015, the 5-piece Simon Lasky Group have released two albums of original compositions on ’33Jazz’ Records and regularly perform at many of the leading jazz venues in the U.K.
‘Close to Ecstasy’ (from the 2018 album release ‘About the Moment’) won the prestigious 2018 BRITISH COMPOSER AWARDS in the ‘Jazz Composition for Small Ensemble’ category and was broadcast on BBC Radio in the U.K and NPR across the U.S.
Quasi-symphonic compositions, propulsive grooves, rich harmonies, expressive melodies and ecstatic improvisation are at the heart of performances by The Simon Lasky Group. Formed by classically trained British pianist and composer, Simon Lasky, the band features an unconventional line-up of some of the most exciting international performers in the U.K and an ambitious and individual approach to composition and production.
Following up their highly acclaimed debut release in 2015 (‘Story Inside’ on 33Jazz Records) the band released their second album (‘About the Moment’ also on 33Jazz Records) in February 2018. The new album has already received substantial airplay on NPR radio in The U.S, and on BBC Radio, JazzFM, Soul&Jazz Radio and Solar Radio in the U.K. For JAZZ IN EUROPE Jan Veldman says “‘About the Moment’ is a wonderful album that will appeal to a large jazz audience. Highly recommended.” And in his LONDON JAZZ NEWS album review Rob Mallows stated “At times this is a thrilling album…there are certainly plenty of moments in ‘About the Moment’ that take your breath away.”
“'Close To Ecstasy' is a joyous exuberant piece, brilliantly crafted on all levels and with great
textural and melodic writing” [BBC Radio 3 presenter Andrew McGregor; the judges verdict on
Simon's winning entry in the 'Jazz Composition for Small Ensemble' category, 2018 British
“This is an amazing album, really classy and so melodic. I can totally recommend it.” [Georg Pilger,
JazzRockTV review, Germany, August 2018]
“Simon Lasky's second disc as leader-composer takes music's big moments as its starting point.
He is ambitious in trying to squeeze as many moments of tension and release out of his band as
he can.” [3-star review in Jazzwise magazine, February 2018]
“At times this is a thrilling album…there are certainly plenty of moments in ‘About The Moment’
that take your breath away.” [Rob Mallows, London Jazz News album review, March 2018]
“Excellent new album from piano player and composer Simon Lasky…” [Helen Mayhew, JazzFM
‘True Brit’ show, February 2018]
“‘About The Moment’ is a wonderful album that will appeal to a large jazz audience