RAVE REVIEWS FOR QUARTET WITH MIKE WALKER, STEVE SWALLOW, ADAM NUSSBAUM
GUARDIAN 4 STARS **** "Jazz supergroups are volatile concoctions, bespoke teams of virtuosi often just getting in each other's way. But the Anglo-US quartet built from scratch this week around the untried partnership of pianist Gwilym Simcock and Salford Mike Walker, with Americans Steve Swallow on bass and Adam Nussbaum on drums, fulfilled all its promise – and then some". read more
"A packed Embrace Arts Centre enjoyed a world-class performance by an international jazz group on its way to Ronnie Scott's and a European tour". read more
"Gwilym Simcock Dazzles With Ango-American Supergroup At Bergen Nattjazz Festival" read more
"Let’s hope it becomes more than a one-tour stand. The band is going on to play around Europe but if you are within driving distance of either Leicester (Embrace Arts Centre tonight) or London (Ronnie Scott’s tomorrow) – so, anywhere on the mainland, in other words – I’d urge you to get along. It’s the real deal". read more
LONDON JAZZ BLOG
"This should be the start of something big". read more
Each one is a virtuoso, but that's taken for granted. It's the interplay between them that matters, the way every nuance fits magically into the ever-changing pattern. And it's not all action and energy either; the duet between Simcock and Walker in "Gwil's Song" is the most sensuous sound imaginable. Absorbing.
04/06/2011 Ivan Hewitt, Daily Telegraph 4 stars ****
This is simply a first-rate jazz album by an Anglo-American quartet which is unimpeachably mainstream. It’s terrific.
30/05/2011 Chris May, AllaboutJazz
You may not have heard of The Impossible Gentlemen, for this is the group's first album, and you may not have heard of one of its two chief protagonists, as he has chosen to spend most of his career away from the metropolitan center of things. So here's a map reference, crude and approximate, but one that gets close to the buried treasure. Imagine guitarist Pat Metheny's trio masterpiece, Day Trip (Nonesuch, 2007), add a pianist of commensurate genius, and you are banging on the disc's front door. It is that good. Read Full Article
25/05/2011 Stuart Nicholson, Jazzwise 4 stars****
One of the most refreshing debut albums for a long time
this is a classy, elegant but punchily accessible album, and a great appetiser not only for their forthcoming June UK tour, but also their London Jazz Festival appearance in November. Read Full Article