STOP PRESS - Simon Purcell’s new/debut album “Red Circle” for WHIRLWIND RECORDINGS…Worldwide release November 10th 2014, launch gig at Pizza Express,


STOP PRESS - Simon Purcell’s new/debut album “Red Circle” for WHIRLWIND RECORDINGS…Worldwide release November 10th 2014, launch gig at Pizza Express, Dean Street, Sunday November 16th 2014.


After 3 decades teaching many of the UK's finest young jazz musicians (Jazz Educator of the Year 2006), pianist and composer Simon Purcell's debut album with Whirlwind Recordings marks a welcome and overdue return to the performance arena.



"One of the most accomplished homegrown acoustic jazz releases of the year... there’s something timeless about the appeal here in much the way that you can listen to an old Wayne Shorter record and it still seems modern and relevant, the collected wisdom of a lost time where the music sums up the pensive mood but celebrates the musical abandon so persuasively.”

4 Stars, Marlbank


The material (all by Purcell) provides attractive contexts for improvisation where these artists can masterfully stretch out. While citing British pianists John Taylor, Pete Saberton and Gordon Beck as influences, this music is very much informed by the universal, swinging traditions of jazz and improvised music from across the globe lies somewhere between Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and Dave Douglas. The album ends on the exquisite ‘bonus’ track featuring the incomparable & soulful Liane Carroll.

To listen to sample tracks CLICK HERE.


Purcell’s band comprises some of the most important contributors to the UK’s creative music scene during the last two decades: Julian Siegel (Partisans, Joey Barron, Kenny Wheeler, Django Bates, John Taylor), Chris Batchelor (Big Air, Loose Tubes, Brotherhood of Breath, Hermeto Pascoal), Steve Watts (Printmakers, Loose Tubes, Iain Ballamy) and Gene Calderazzo (Partisans, Pharoah Sanders, Joey Calderazzo, Zoe Rahman).

Originally coming to prominence during the UK jazz boom of the 1980s through his band "Jazz Train" (with Martin Speake, Cleveland Watkiss, Dale Barlow et al), a quartet with Julian Arguelles (Loose Tubes), numerous appearances with or opposite visiting American artists at London's Bass Clef Club and occasional weeks at Ronnie Scott’s, Simon Purcell has performed throughout the UK and parts of Europe both as leader and sideman appearing with, amongst others; Red Rodney, Kenny Wheeler, Eddie Henderson, Stan Sulzmann, Jean Toussaint, Valerie Ponomarev, Dale Barlow, Julian Arguelles, Bobby Shew, Conrad Erwig and Steve Williamson. Other musical associations with British musicians have included Julian Arguelles, Liane Carroll (who guests on Red Circle), Martin Speake, Christine Tobin, Anita Wardell and Cleveland Watkiss.



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