Simon Spillett (ts) Simon Thorpe (b) Spike Wells (d)
The pianoless trio concept has been central to many of the innovations in jazz during the post-bop era.Probably the best known and most influential of these has been Sonny Rollins’. Simon’s trio takes a loose look at Great American Songbook standards and jazz originals, with the goal of interplay central to its ambitions.
Described by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as “formidable,” Simon Spillett is a British jazz saxophonist who has led his own quartet featuring John Critchinson, Alec Dankworth and Clark Tracey for more than a decade. The three CDs he’s recorded have all had very favourable review. One of his major influences was the great British saxophonist Tubby Hayes and Simon has written a very readable biography of Tubby. He has won several awards for his music, including the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards (2011), Jazz Journal magazine’s Critic’s Choice CD of the Year (2009) Rising Star in the BBC Jazz Awards (2007) and most recently the Services to British Jazz Award in the 2016 British Jazz Awards. Other celebrated jazz leaders and bands with whom he has worked have included Sir John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Peter King and The Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra.