Rick Simpson Quintet plays Radiohead

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Rick Simpson’s impeccable technique and restless imagination have earned him a place at the forefront of contemporary UK music. He’s equally at home exploring the tradition or pushing fearlessly against the boundaries, and now his unique creative voice is back in the spotlight with a typically idiosyncratic project: a re-framing of Radiohead’s Kid A album, featuring ten original arrangements of the source material played by an all-star band of like-minded musical mavericks. 

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"It was clear that a lot of thought had gone into the performance, and the commitment to offer a heartfelt and meaningful interpretation of Kid A really stood them apart from other artists."

Jazz Journal, 2019

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Whirlwind recording artist Tori Freestone joins James Allsop to form the twin-saxophone frontline, and Simpson is joined in the rhythm section by by the universally respected veteran Dave Whitford on bass and upcoming young hotshot Will Glaser on drums. 

The project was created to mark the 20th anniversary of the original album’s release, as part of a series of sell-out shows curated by Simpson at London’s Vortex club featuring non-jazz records rearranged with an improvisational focus. 

Band Lineup

James Allsop (tenor saxophone)

Tori Freestone (tenor saxophone)

Dave Whitford (double bass)

Will Glaser (drums)

Rick Simpson (piano/arrangements)