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Gerard Presencer - Platypus - Birmingham Post

05 December 1998
Birmingham Post

Platypus: There are many wonderful musicians in the world of jazz and the fact that they are not limited to fixed bands and can mix it up in endless combinations means the possibilities are limitless.

But a collection of ace players is not enough, as countless discs have proved. There is an added magic and added energy which are crucial to the success of the result.

A magic and energy that this album possesses in huge dollops.

The young British trumpeter plays lovely, rolling, melodic lines with seamingly effortless ease and a great sense of the groove, supported with perfect unity of purpose by keyboardist Jason Rebello, guitarist John Paricelli, bassist Andy Cleyndert and drummer Jeremy Stacey. 

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