Geoff Simkins Quartet: Don't Ask
Simkins has been around since 1977 when he performed with the renowned British Group, the Temperance Seven Jazz Band, which blended jazz with comedy. But he has also shared the stage with Art Farmer, Al Cohn and Tal Farlow, among others. He has a couple of other albums with guitarist Dave Cliff for the Spotlite label. Nikki Iles is fast becoming one of the premiere jazz pianists in England and on the Continent. Among other credits, she has recorded with another first rank performer, vocalist Tina May. Martin France, whose drum work is key to holding this session together, has been with Kenny Wheeler, Ralph Towner and Lee Konitz. Bobby Wellins, Ruby Braff and Weslia Whitfield are among the artists with whom double bassist Simon Woolf has shared either the stage or recording studio. Woolf's command of the bass becomes apparent as he solos on "Very Early".
There's not a slouch in this group as they individually and collectively create more than an hour's worth of special small group interpretations. This album is recommended.
Tracks:Sunflower; Don't Ask; Quiet Now; Thingin'; Estate; Little Willie Leaps; The Duke; In Your Own Sweet Way; Silence; Very Early; 317 East 32nd Street; Subconscious-Lee
Personnel: Geoff Simkins - Alto Saxophone; Nikki Iles - Piano; Simon Woolf - Bass; Martin France - Drums
Record Label: Symbol Records