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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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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 Release
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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Article: Album Review

Tommy Andrews Quintet: The Crux

Read "The Crux" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and rock climber Tommy Andrews is part of a burgeoning British jazz scene, a scene that's notable for its wide range of talented young players. For The Crux, his first album, Andrews joins with four more members of the scene to form his quintet. It proves to be a fine band, sympathetic to ...

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Article: Album Review

Fini Bearman: Step Up

Read "Step Up" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Step Up is the debut from British vocalist/songwriter Fini Bearman. Bearman has studied with Judy Niemack, and lists Gretchen Parlato as an influence--two singers with the ability to inhabit the lyrics of a song, giving the impression that even well-worn songbook standards were written about their lives. Bearman shares that quality and also has Cassandra Wilson's ...


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