Out of a Dream
Just What You Need
2013 is a banner year for Smooth Jazz keyboardist Brian Simpson. Highlights from Just What You Need include a percolating “D\\\’Groove” featuring sax icon Gerald Albright, the romantic “In the Rain” featuring Marc Antoine, a brilliant guest performance from Dave Koz on the Jobim classic “Girl From Ipanema”, and much, much more. Both as a solo performer and the featured keyboardist and music director of the Dave Koz Band, Brian performs in front of an incredibly large number of smooth jazz fans on a non-stop basis. And as winner of the American Smooth Jazz Keyboardist of the Year Award, frequent guest on nationally syndicated radio shows and music director of the Smooth Jazz Cruise, his visibility is tremendous.Buy Now
Above The Clouds
ABOVE THE CLOUDS
Having spent the better part of the last ten years on the road with Brian Simpson, I feel particularly qualified to comment on this artist’s talent. Most of the time, I simply stand in awe of what he can do, whether supporting other
artists (including myself) so effortlessly or, as he does so beautifully here on his second album for Rendezvous, Above The Clouds, stepping up and taking center stage as the true and deserving soloist he is.
His last album, “It’s All Good” brought Brian into the game with the smash #1 hit title track and this album, in my opinion, seals the deal for him as one of the preeminent stars in the world of smooth jazz, with an incredibly bright future ahead of him.
A gifted songwriter with an ability to really connect with a melody, Brian is able to walk that fine line between musical adventurousness and accessibility. And at the center of it all is his trademark touch on the piano. He plays with such heartfelt emotion and sensitivity, while at times he lets us see that whimsical sense of humor that is uniquely his.
Above The Clouds includes inspired guest performances by George Duke, Wayman Tisdale, Kirk Whalum, Chuck Loeb and yours truly. One stunning addition – a never-before heard solo from the late, great Michael Brecker which fittingly closes the album (leave it to Brian to bring this beautiful gem to us)– quite simply, it will stop you in your tracks.
From the first note to the last, Brian Simpson takes us on a wonderful, satisfying journey ‘Above The Clouds.’ I hope you enjoy your time up there as much as I did.
– Dave Koz
It\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s All Good
1. It\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s All Good
2. Here With You
3. Saturday Cool
5. And The Story Goes
7. I Remember When
8. It Could Happen
9. Blues For Scott
10. Au Contraire
Featuring: Dave Koz, Everette Harp, Michael Lington, Marc Antoine, Tony Moore, Tony Maiden, Michael White, Brian Kilgore, Alex Al, Ron King, Larry Kimpel, Smitty Smith, Ian Martin, Jubu, Ricky Minor, Kevin Chokan, Randy Jacobs, Roberto Vally, Reggie McBride, Andre Berry, Allen Hindsand Perry Hughes.
1. Because Of Love
2. Closer Still
4. Hidden Pleasures
5. Midnight Crazies (interlude)
7. Someone Just Like You
8. Your Smile (interlude)
9. In Motion
10. Morning Glories
11. Lake Shore Drive
12. Armani B (interlude)
Featuring: Everette Harp, Jonathan Butler, Oliver Wendell, Michael White, Brian Kilgore, Larry Kimpel, Dwayne “Smitty” Smith, Ray Fuller, Lil\\\\\\\’ John Roberts, Sam Sims, Rex Salas, Brenda Kay Pierce, Rayford Griffin, Alan Hinds, Jeanette Clinger, and Steve Grissette.