Cross the Chick Corea Acoustik Band with the
Yellowjackets, and you might get something that sounds like The
The quartet of Gwilym Simcock on piano, Mike Walker on guitar, Steve
Swallow on bass and Adam Nussbaum on drums bring four unique talent in a
cross-Atlantic group. Simock and Walker are from the United Kingdom,
with Swallow and Nussbaum from the United States.
The quartet sets things off in blistering fashion with “Laugh Lines.” A
bit of fusion blended with contemporary jazz, the track features all
four players. Piano and guitar are in unison for the high-speed melody.
They’re complemented by the spirited play of bass and drums.
“You Won’t Be Around to See It” is another that captures that
mixed-media spirit. The group employs several stop-time phrases. About a
minute and a half into the song, things get quiet, and a soulful groove
takes over, led by Walker. The intensity gradually picks up, with piano,
bass and drums equally involved.
A few tracks are closer to pop-jazz or blues, but regardless, The
Impossible Gentlemen work well, from the soloists to the entire
ensemble. Cohesion and a sense of joy make for an hour’s worth of