Wrapped in delicately programmed drums, Green’s music is at once both sombre and reassuring. If what comes out the other end is the music of Bonobo, then this is the fuel that keeps the engine running: soul, jazz, classical, pop, funk, leftfield, rock. Pianos and brass are abundantly present. Our ivories are warmed and tickled by the classic, Bill Evans, and new school, with Matthew Bourne’s mournfully beautiful ‘Juliet’ and Dustin O’Halloran’s ‘An Ending A Beginning’. The brass section comes courtesy of Menehan Street Band’s jazzy ‘The Traitor’, ‘Flipside’ by the Hypnotic Brass Band. Also included is YouTube sensation ‘One Thing’ by Peter & Kerry, R&S signing Airhead, jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby and the timeless soul of Dorando’s ‘Didn’t I’. Not only that, but there’s Bonobo’s special LNT cover version, a brilliant reading of Donovan’s ‘Get Thy Bearings’. As the light dims, the unsettling sounds of Lapalux or maybe even Shlomo pierce the misty evening air, before giving way to the ethereal splendour of Eddi Front’s ‘Gigantic’ or even Nina Simone’s paean to an imagined rural idyll ‘Baltimore’. Amble down to the riverside. It could be the Great Ouse, as willows weep into the water; it could even be in Brooklyn overlooking the Lower East Side, as the sun slides down the sides of the skyscrapers. Take a notepad for inspiration. Maybe even a hipflask for a slug of something warm. Sit down and reflect and let those beautiful pianos skim the water’s surface. Sometimes, you think, life is good. You can’t play a symphony alone, it takes an orchestra to play it: Simon Green is your conductor.
1. An Ending, A Beginning – Dustin O’Halloran2. A Calf Born In Winter – Khruangbin3. Get Thy Bearings (Feat. Szjerdene) – Bonobo4. Didn’t I – Darondo5. Baltimore – Nina Simone6. Flipside – Hypnotic Brass Ensemble7. The Traitor – Menehan Street Band8. Flowers – Andrew Ashong9. Down The Line (It Takes A Number) – Romare10. Places – Shlohmo11. Gutter Glitter – Lapalux12. Wings (Floating Points Remix) – The Invisible13. Hedron – Badbadnotgood14. Viii. Juliet – Matthew Bourne15. Sailing Out To Sea – Matthew Halsall16. South Congress – Airhead17. Essence Of Sapphire – Dorothy Ashby18. One Thing – Peter And Kerry19. Gigantic – Eddi Front20. Peace Piece – Bill Evans21. Flat Of Angles Part 3 – Benedict Cumberbatch