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Rick Simpson

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Rick is based in London playing a wide variety of music, and leads his own group playing original jazz music. Rick is a regular performer at Ronnie Scotts, the 606 Jazz Club, Pizza Express Dean Street, The Vortex, The Bull’s Head, and he has appeared at larger UK venues such as the Royal Festival Hall and the Purcell Room.

In 2008 Rick won a Yamaha Scholarship Prize for Outstanding Jazz Musicians. A recording of Rick’s band was put on the front cover of Jazzwise Magazine.

Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2008 he has performed with musicians such as Christian Scott, Eric Harland, Joe Sanders, Michael Janisch, Ernesto Simpson, Martin Speake, Earl Burness Travis, Stan Sulzmann, Jeff Williams as well as younger musicians in London

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White Juju

Label: Soweto Kinch Recordings
Released: 2022
Track listing: Chaos; Dawn; The Old Normal; March Of The Unicorns; Snarling Beast; Beneath The Myth; Curated Chaos; The Cycle Of Violence; Sanctuary; The Natural Order; Sunlit Uplands; Tall Tales Of Yesteryore; Idiots; Eternal; Casting Out; Clarity.

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Article: Album Review

Soweto Kinch: White Juju

Read "White Juju" reviewed by Chris May


Adding politically charged spoken-word lyrics to instrumental jazz needs to be done with care, because if sloganeering is tedious to listen to once, it becomes unbearable on repeated exposure. The record containing it drops off one's playlist. Counterproductive or what? The British saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch, however, has pulled the trick off many times. From ...

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Out of Nowhere

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Five to Six; Epsilon Eridani; Three Rivers; Palace Fever; Out of Nowhere; What You See Is All There Is; Hipster; Bloomdido.

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Article: Album Review

Kristian Borring: Out of Nowhere

Read "Out of Nowhere" reviewed by Jack Bowers


After coming of age in his home country, Danish-born guitarist Kristian Borring relocated to the U.K. where he became a stalwart fixture on the jazz scene and released four albums as leader of his own groups. Out of Nowhere is the fifth, recorded in 2019, shortly before the coronavirus pandemic struck, and featuring as before a ...

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Article: Album Review

Rick Simpson: Everything All Of The Time: Kid A Revisited

Read "Everything All Of The Time: Kid A Revisited" reviewed by Ian Patterson


It is one thing to cover a rock song, after all, jazz musicians have been doing that since The Beatles, but few have tackled an entire album by a rock band. The target of UK pianist/composer Rick Simpson's admiration is Radiohead's Kid A (Parlophone, 2000), an album that provoked wildly divergent critical response in its day. ...

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Everything All Of The Time: Kid A Revisited

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Everything in Its Right Place; Kid A; The National Anthem; How to Disappear Completely; Treefingers; Optimistic; In Limbo; Iditoteque; Morning Bell; Motion Picture Soundtrack.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sylvie Courvoisier, Christian Lillinger, OM and More

Read "Sylvie Courvoisier, Christian Lillinger, OM and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


The international scene continues to demonstrate there's quality music everywhere. Included in this episode new releases by German drummer Christian Lillinger, Belgian drummer Antoine Pierre's Urbex, South Korean drummer SooJin Suh, English pianist Rick Simpson, Argentinean drummer Axel Filip, and the reborn Swiss 70s and 80s powerhouse, OM. From this side of the pond, new works ...

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Live at The Vortex

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017
Track listing: Imperfect Circumstances; Fable; A Lullaby; London Magic; Skylark; April Fools.

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Article: Live Review

Jay Phelps at the Harrow Arts Centre

Read "Jay Phelps at the Harrow Arts Centre" reviewed by Barry Witherden


Jay Phelps Harrow Arts Centre Hatch End, London July 7, 2017 Harrovians don't know what they're missing. The Harrow Arts Centre, tucked away in Hatch End off the teeming Uxbridge Road in London's north-western suburb, has an adventurous booking policy--most such enterprises seem unwilling to recognise any jazz ...


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