Re: Can Simon play jazz?
This is difficult, you're right, but in this instance - to me - the music doesn't really qualify too much as 'fusion'. This is pretty straight-ahead stuff. The trumpet solo half way through is pure Davis.
I'd be interested in seeing what Gregg thinks. If his right foot wasn't so heavy, I couldn't find *too* much 'wrong' with this, other than that the music is very, very regressive. Personally fusion drummers don't count as jazz players to me. Weckl has gotten better in recent years, but his playing is far, far too clinical and doesn't lend itself to a straight-ahead concept, instead it works for very heavily scripted music.
I'm actually quite impressed with Phillips on this. He really doesn't disgrace himself.