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Brian Simpson – Something About You

Posted by Kat Cullen on 2018/08/27

I don’t know what it is about keyboardist Brian Simpson’s simple but complex melodies on this new release.  There’s just something about his smooth layering of keys with guitar and bass courtesy of Alex Al and Andre Berry on this eighth solo album.  The first single, ‘Morning Samba’, is everything a smooth jazz track should be.  It transports you to another world – where you’re  awakening to a beautiful sunrise in Brazil with your cafezinho and goin' with the flow as you drive down to the beach for the day.  Simpson’s rhythms are engaging, cosmopolitan.  I'm reminded of chillin' with my shades on in a European airport waiting room!. His music is world class in the sense that it’s best listened to in an attractive luxury automobile on a first class trip or when just walking down the promenade.  ‘Irresistible’ is another toe tapper with guitarists Darrell Crooks and Yarone Levy  whose acoustic vibes make this track glide.  The same goes for ‘Mojave’.  By bringing in guitarist Steve Oliver as programmer and co-producer, Simpson's been able to continue his signature sound where electronic music elements are combined with a funky bass guitar   This combo really shines on tracks like ‘Gotta Get To You’, ‘At First Sight’ and the title track.  Simpson said recently….”my hope is always the same, that somehow the melodies, harmonies, and grooves make a connection with people.” Yes, they certainly do, Brian!   Thank you.

Gary James

Night Host on The Wave 94.7 FM HD2/95.9 FM HD2

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