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Brian Simpson – Something About You

Hailing from Gurnee, Illinois keyboard wizard Brian Simpson combines a masterful control of his instrument with a keen sense of the catchy melody. As popular musician at countless festivals and also very welcomed accompanist he will not be forgotten.

Your personal every day Brian Simpson is now available with Something About You, released July 27, 2018 on Shanachie Entertainment. Brian performs piano and keyboards. In addition he is supported by Alex All (bass), Darrell Crooks (guitar), Ramon Yslas (percussion) and guest musicians Ron King (trumpet), Andre Berry (bass), Oliver Wendell (keyboards, producer) and Yarone Levy (guitar). Steve Oliver created the programming and also produced the album.

Brian enters the album with the title song. The decisive sound moment that drives you addicted unfolds without much difficulty. Morning Samba runs on the same principle. In quick succession the notes of the piano overtake you and leave you no chance to escape the hooky pull.

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Brian Simpson – Something About You

There are many qualities that make Brian Simpson’s music distinctive but one of the most powerful elements is his ability to compose unbelievably beautiful and striking melodies. This gift has landed him on top of the charts numerous times. “I have figured out that there is no simple way to write a good song,”  he explains “You have to take time crafting every element. I will often write one melody for a song then try to come up with something completely different, then let a day go by before listening again in order to get an objective opinion on which one to use. I often make changes at the last minute, so it’s a process of refinement that isn’t over until it’s over!”

Something About You opens with the jubilant and funky title track which shines a spotlight on Simpson’s effervescent and soaring piano lines juxtaposed to the bouncy and bottom heavy bass lines of Alex Al and rhythmic fancy of  Ramon Yslas. The sweet and dreamy “Morning Samba,” the album’s first single and the mystical “Blue Horizon,” both possess an intoxicating EDM vibe. “I wanted this project to sound modern, which I hoped to accomplish through electronic music elements,” says Simpson. “This should catch your ear upon first listen. What I hoped would be unique is combining those elements with the organically funky bass and guitar that has become a distinction of my music.”

The pervasive feeling on Something About You is one of joy and upliftment. Simpson and company fuel the good times with the percussive “Mojave,” featuring the intense and beautiful interplay between Simpson’s piano and Yarone Levy’s guitar. The seductive and R&B laced “Chemistry,” featuring trumpeter Ron King, is a high point on the CD. “I’m following in the footsteps of those that laid the foundation of contemporary jazz music,” says Simpson. “Fusing jazz and R&B is just what contemporary jazz is all about.” The pop infused songs “At First Sight” and “Irresistible” show the melodic brilliance of Simpson who is unparalled in his ability to compose breathtakingly beautiful melodies that almost sing their way into your subconscious mind and soul. Something About You also features “Gotta Get To You,” a sensuous ballad with a relentless rock-steady groove and the emotive “Speechless,” which will tug on your heartstrings with its wistful melodic lines and Simpson’s longing and tender piano touch. It is fitting that the CD closes with the gorgeous composition “The Rainbow.” And just like the qualities of a rainbow, Simpson creates an an illusion all of his own – an auditory illusion spurred by his majestic touch and ability to conjure deep emotion. He shares, “My hope is always the same, that somehow the melodies, harmonies, and grooves make a connection with people.”
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Brian Simpson – Persuasion

Hailing from Gurnee, Illinois keyboardist Brian Simpson took the smooth jazz scene by storm with his solo albums Closer Still (1995), It’s All Good (2005), Above The Clouds (2006), South Beach (2010), and Just What You Need (2013).

His new project Persuasion was released in November, 2016 on Shanachie Entertainment. Simpson is joined by a star-studded crew: Boney James, Steve Alaniz (sax), Peter White, Steve Oliver, Darrell Crooks, Kendall Gilder (guitar), Alex Al (bass), Ramon Yslas (percussion), and Omari Williams (drums).

The first track is entitled Persuasion and encompasses the critical power of Boney James, Alex Al and Ramon Yslas. Enough to convince every listener to buy this gorgeous piece of music. The first single of the album is however Wonderland, which Brian co-wrote with guitarist Steve Oliver. The song has a specific winter wonderland appeal with an expanding of sensitivity beyond the limits of audio perception.

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Brian Simpson – Persuasion

14524387_10154544952298695_2836985493355964504_oInspired keyboardist, composer, prolific studio musician and producer Brian Simpson is a master of all he purveys. His eloquent approach to playing, sophisticated harmonics sense, bluesy overtones, R&B flavor and keen sense on how to craft a song that stands the test of time have made him the go-to man for many. Through the years Simpson has been revered for his unparalleled ability to compose unforgettable melodies and irresistible grooves. “I never approach two songs the same way,” confesses Simpson. “When someone hums your song, it’s the melody they are humming so as important as the groove is, the melody is still king.”

Simpson’s soulful approach to the music has made him first call for many including Janet Jackson, Teena Marie, George Duke, Stanley Clarke and Dave Koz, for whom he has had the distinction of being musical director for close to two decades. A chart-topping musical chameleon who wrote the #1 R&B hit “The First Time” for Surface in the 1990s, Brian Simpson has a knack for churning out genre-bending timeless anthems. George Duke once said “What I love about Brian’s playing is his understanding that melody and groove are important.” Simpson’s approach is simple, “I’m following in the footsteps of those that laid the foundation of contemporary jazz music. The fusing of jazz and R&B is just what contemporary jazz is all about.”

Brian Simpson is a proven hit maker with over 20 Smooth Jazz radio hits in his amazing career. His previous Shanachie release garnered 2 Top 10 singles, and now “Soul City,” the first single from this album, is one of the fastest rising songs on the Smooth Jazz Airplay charts and a lock to be Top 5 on the charts at the time of the album’s release. Both as a solo performer and as 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. 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. Highlights include the hit single “Soul City,” the sensuous ballad “Just One Wish” featuring Peter White, a brilliant performance by Boney James on the title track Persuasion” and much more.

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Brian Simpson – Out of a Dream

Keyboardist Brian Simpson is one of the most presented musicians on smooth jazz events. He is not only the musical director of Dave Koz but omnipresent as solo artist.

In his long lasting career he is known by his albums Closer Still (1995), It’s All Good (2005), Above The Clouds (2006), South Beach (2010), and Just What You Need (2013). He has just released his newest one Out Of A Dream (2015) on Shanachie Entertainment.

Featured artists are Grace Kelly, Najee, Dave Koz, Norman Brown, Marc Antoine, Maysa and Maurice Brown. With the first tune One of a Kind Brian presents sax player Grace Kelly, who has passed the status of a newcomer meanwhile. Embedded in a lush arrangement she stretches out with a phenomenal sax solo.

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Brian Simpson – Out of a Dream

OutOfADreamA proven hit maker, Brian Simpson‘s previous release garnered top 10 singles, including 2 #1 s. Both as a solo performer and as 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.

Highlights include the hit single Skywatcher, the sensuous ballad Just One Wish featuring Norman Brown, a brilliant performance by Najee on the title track Out of a Dream, Maysa’s bossa nova tinged vocals on The Rio Sway, Dave Koz vibey solos on When I Say Your Name, and much more!

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Brian Simpson – Just What You Need

Keyboardist Brian Simpson is the smiling sideman of Janet Jackson, George Duke, Stanley Clarke and Dave Koz. Hailing from Gurnee, Illinois, he started his solo career with Closer Still (1995), followed by It’s All Good (2005), Above The Clouds (2006), South Beach (2010), and this year Just What You Need.

Brian Simpson performs on this album piano and keyboards. He is joined on different tracks by Jonathan Butler, lead guitar; Nicholas Cole, keyboards and programming; Darrell Crooks, guitar; Alex Al, bass; Brian Kilgore, percussion; Elan Trotman, tenor sax; Ron King, trumpet; Michael Broening, keyboards and programming; Yarone Levy, guitar, acoustic guitar; Nate Harasim, keyboards and programming; Dave Koz, tenor sax; Michael White, drums; Gerey Johnson, guitar; Marc Antoine, acoustic guitar; Oliver Wendell, keyboards; Jeff Robinson, vocals; Ray Fuller, guitar; Larry Kimpel, bass; Ronnie Gutierrez, percussion.

As a longtime musical director for Dave Koz and the Smooth Jazz Cruise Brian has dedicated himself to smooth jazz. Often, the first impression is the most important. Brian heeded this principle and leads us with Wherever You Go into his music. What we get offered by Jonathan Butler, Nicholas Cole and Brian, is at its best.

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