The Optimist

The Optimist

The Optimist
Label(s)
Genre(s)
Jazz
Code
AKD 166
  • Blah De Blah
    Composer(s) Gerard Presencer
    Artist(s) Gerard Presencer - flugel horn, Jeremy Stacey - drums & programming, percussion, John Parricelli - guitar, Orlando le Fleming - bass, Miles Bould - percussion, Jim Watson - fender rhodes

    Blah De Blah

    05:58
    $3.40
  • Dr Jekyll
    Composer(s) Gerard Presencer
    Artist(s) Gerard Presencer - flugel horn, Jeremy Stacey - drums & programming John Parricelli - guitar, Miles Bould - percussion, Jim Watson - fender rhodes, Laurence Cottle - bass

    Dr Jekyll

    07:03
    $3.40
  • Nothing Changes
    Composer(s) Gerard Presencer
    Artist(s) Gerard Presencer - trumpet & flugel horn, Jeremy Stacey - drums & programming, John Parricelli - guitar, Orlando le Fleming - bass, Miles Bould - percussion, Jim Watson - fender rhodes, Heavy Horns - brass Jacqueline Dankworth - vocals

    Nothing Changes

    06:53
    $3.40
  • The Optimist
    Composer(s) Gerard Presencer
    Artist(s) Gerard Presencer - trumpet & flugel horn, Jeremy Stacey - drums & programming, John Parricelli - guitar, Miles Bould - percussion, Jim Watson - fender rhodes, Laurence Cottle - bass

    The Optimist

    07:07
    $3.40
  • And If I Told You
    Composer(s) Gerard Presencer
    Artist(s) Gerard Presencer - flugel horn & hammond, Jeremy Stacey - drums & percussion, Orlando le Fleming - bass, Graham Harvey - piano

    And If I Told You

    07:14
    $3.40
  • Patchy Sunshine
    Composer(s) Gerard Presencer
    Artist(s) Gerard Presencer - flugel horn, Jeremy Stacey - drums & programming, John Parricelli - guitar, Orlando le Fleming - bass, Miles Bould - percussion, Jim Watson - fender rhodes

    Patchy Sunshine

    06:21
    $3.40
  • Countdown
    Composer(s) John Coltrane
    Artist(s) Gerard Presencer - flugel horn, Jeremy Stacey - drums & programming, John Parricelli - guitar, Miles Bould - percussion, Jim Watson - fender rhodes

    Countdown

    09:21
    $3.40

Total running time: 49 minutes.

Album information

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 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.