Award-winning pianist and composer Rick Simpson has been no stranger to the heart of the London Jazz scene – on both the new music and more traditional fronts – for many years now, and with Klammer he has a group which gives full voice to his ambitious and exciting compositions.
His music for Klammer focuses on through-composition, complex ensemble playing and modern textures/rhythms, though with enough space for soloists to shine and plenty of wit and levity to boot.
The band is completed by some of the young London Jazz scene’s most sought-after rising stars.
released September 30, 2016
Rick Simpson - piano, fender rhodes, wurlitzer, ms-10, glockenspiel, harmonium
Michael Chillingworth - alto/tenor saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet
George Crowley - tenor saxophone
Ralph Wyld - vibraphone
Tom Farmer - double bass
David Hamblett - drums
All compositions by Rick Simpson
Produced by Rick Simpson
Executive Producer - Alya Marquardt
Engineered by George Murphy
Mixed by Alex Bonney
Mastered by Peter Beckmann
Illustration by Fini Bearman
Photos by Alex Bonney
Besides blazing virtuosity, the members of this jazz trio have the capability of composing extensive and wonderfully complex themes. For people like me, who enjoy a good balance of predefined structure and clever improvisation, this album is the ideal combination of both. Sven B. Schreiber