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The Optimist

Gerard Presencer

The Optimist

AKD 069 (Linn Records)
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$20.00

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FLAC 16bit 44.1kHz 308.4MB $13.00

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ALAC 16bit 44.1kHz 315.1MB $13.00

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MP3 320k 44.1kHz 114.5MB $11.00
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Track Time Listen
1
Blah de Blah

Blah de Blah

Band Gerard Presencer - flugel horn, Jeremy Stacey - drums and programming, John Parricelli - guitar, Jeremy Brown - bass, Miles Bould - percussion, Jim Watson - fender rhodes
Writer John Coltrane
5:58 Play $3.40
2
Dr Jekyll

Dr Jekyll

Band Gerard Presencer - flugel horn, Jeremy Stacey - drums and programming, John Parricelli - guitar, Miles Bould - percussion, Jim Watson - fender rhodes, Laurence Cottle - bass
Writer Gerard Presencer
7:03 Play $3.40
3
Nothing Changes

Nothing Changes

Band Gerard Presencer - flugel horn, Jeremy Stacey - drums and programming, John Parricelli - guitar, Orlando le Fleming - bass, Miles Bould - percussion, Jim Watson - fender rhodes, Heavy Horns - brass
Guest Artist Jacqueline Dankworth - vocals
Writer Gerard Presencer
6:53 Play $3.40
4
The Optimist

The Optimist

Band Gerard Presencer - trumpet & flugel horn, Jeremy Stacey - drums and programming, John Parricelli - guitar, Miles Bould - percussion, Jim Watson - fender rhodes, Laurence Cottle - bass
Writer Gerard Presencer
7:07 Play $3.40
5
And if I Told You

And if I Told You

Band Gerard Presencer - flugel horn & hammond, Jeremy Stacey - drums & percussion, Orlando le Fleming - bass, Graham Harvey - piano
Writer Gerard Presencer
7:14 Play $3.40
6
Patchy Sunshine

Patchy Sunshine

Band Gerard Presencer - flugel horn, Jeremy Stacey - drums & programming, John Parricelli - guitar, Orlando le Fleming - bass, Miles Bould - percussion, Jim Watson - fender rhodes
Writer Gerard Presencer
6:21 Play $3.40
7
Countdown

Countdown

Band Gerard Presencer - trumpet & flugel horn, Jeremy Stacey - drums, programming, percussion, John Parricelli - guitar, Orlando le Fleming - bass, Miles Bould - percussion, Jim Watson - fender rhodes, Laurence Cottle - bass, Heavy Horns - brass, Graham Harvey - piano, Jeremy Brown - bass
Writer John Coltrane
9:21 Play $3.40
Total Running Time 50 minutes Purchase all tracks 
$13.00 
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The Optimist is Gerard's follow up to Platypus, hailed by The Observer as 'a brilliant debut.' This album shows why he was voted best trumpeter at the British Jazz Awards in 1995, 1997 and 1999.   

This recording is also available in Hybrid SACD Stereo on AKD 166.

Download includes - cover art

This brand new album from the UK's most exciting and innovative jazz trumpeter/composer and his band effortlessly epitomizes retro-cool. In Gerard's own words: 'the main issue was to make it groove.' It certainly does.

Though still only in his twenties, Gerard Presencer has performed as a soloist with some of the biggest names in pop and jazz, including Sting, James Brown, Chick Corea and The Brand New Heavies, and he has recorded five albums and toured worldwide with the Charlie Watts Quintet and John Parricelli.

The Platypus band line-up includes John Parricelli, Jeremy Stacey and Laurence Cottle; the album also features Jaqui Dankworth on vocals.


'Gerard Presencer continues to fulfil his early promise by updating Donald Byrd's thing.' BBC Music Magazine

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Inverness Courier
beautifully crafted...
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BBC Music Magazine
'Young British hornplayer Gerard Presencer continues to fulfil his early promise.'
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Jazz Wise
Presencer's honey-edged flugelhorn notes swirl and sway in a downright pleasing way.


The Guardian
'A virtuoso improviser.'
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