Undoubtedly one of the most exciting talents to emerge recently in British Jazz; the more so since he eschews the fashionable pretensions that sometimes pass for contemporary jazz".
Standard Miles presents a British jazz supergroup revisiting the music played by the legendary Miles Davis.Simon Spillett (tenor sax), Henry Lowther (trumpet, flugel-horn), John Critchinson (piano), Dave Green (bass), Trevor Tomkins (drums)
The loose, spontaneous and elastic treatments that Miles' quintet gave Broadway song material in the 1960's are the inspiration and provide the repertoire for a band full of well-known names.
Trumpeter HENRY LOWTHER is widely regarded as the best among British brass players, whilst pianist JOHN CRITCHINSON, bassist DAVE GREEN and drummer TREVOR TOMKINS form the most democratic of rhythm sections.
The links between these players run deep, encompassing work with bands led by legendary figures like Ronnie Scott, Don Rendell and Michael Garrick.
Heading these veteran stars is saxophonist Simon Spillett, a player from a much later generation whose knowledge and love of the golden age of jazz enables him to sit comfortably within this stellar line-up of Britain's finest.
SIMON SPILLETT :
Winner of the 2011 British Jazz Award for Tenor Saxophone, Simon Spillett is recognised as one of the most distinctive saxophonists on the current UK jazz scene, appearing at famed venues such as Ronnie Scott's club in London and at major jazz festivals from Birmingham to Brecon, recording critically celebrated albums and broadcasting with his own band on BBC Radio 3.
His press reviews include high praise from respected jazz observers; "Formidable" (Humphrey Lyttelton, BBC Radio 2), "Phenomenal...other players gulp when they hear him" (Dave Gelly, The Observer) and "He is to Bebop what Harry Allen and Scott Hamilton are to Mainstream" (Steve Voce, Jazz Journal).
The Simon Spillett Quartet includes British jazz royalty; pianist John Critchinson was a member of Ronnie Scott's band for eighteen years, whilst bassist Alec Dankworth and drummer Clark Tracey are the heirs to two of the most respected musical dynasties in the UK. The quartet's music is fimly rooted in the classic sound of British jazz in the 1950's and 60's and their latest album 'Square One' is now available as a limited edition vinyl pressing from Gearbox Records.
Simon also leads two other groups: Standard Miles, a tribute to Miles Davis, featuring legendary trumpeter Henry Lowther and a piano-less trio with Brit-jazz greats bassist Dave Green and drummer Spike Wells, which explores the freedoms of interactive improvisation.
Alongside working with his own bands, Simon appears as a guest soloist at venues across the country.
Other celebrated jazz leaders with whom he has worked include Sir John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Peter King, Bobby Wellins, Alan Skidmore, Danny Moss, Alan Barnes, Guy Barker, Liane Carroll, Martin Drew, Allan Ganley, Tony Levin, Louis Stewart, Jack Parnell, Michael Garrick, Ray Gelato, Steve Melling, Mornington Lockett, Tony Kinsey, Tina May, David Newton, Derek Nash, Karen Sharp, Don Weller and Tommy Whittle, among many, many more.
Simon has also won two previous awards; Rising Star in the BBC Jazz Awards 2007 and CD of 2009 in Jazz Journal magazine for his album 'Sienna Red'. Simon's album 'Square One' was voted among the Best New Jazz Releases of 2013 in the Jazz Journal Critic's Poll.
He is also a writer of note, frequently contributing articles to magazines including Jazz Journal, Jazz Rag, Jazzwise and Jazz UK and has compiled and written sleeve notes for over sixty albums.