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Album Review

There are no surprises on Brian Simpson's fifth solo release, Just What You Need. The ten cuts are comprised of catchy, laid-back smooth jazz arrangements with elements of lite R&B, executed with ease and a very clean production. The two standout tracks, for very different reasons, are both cover versions. "The Girl from Ipanema" (with Dave Koz on saxophone) has none of the romantic breezy haze of the original, and comes across too formal and somewhat sterile. On the other hand, "You Gotta Be," the 1994 hit song by Des'ree, has an infectious, relaxed groove, featuring vocalist Jeff Robinson, that is hard to get out of your head. Also making guest appearances on Just What You Need are celebrated smooth jazz musicians Gerald Albright, Marc Antoine, Elan Trotman, and Jonathan Butler.

Customer Reviews

Soooo Glad

So glad to see a new release by Brian Simpson. Preview has me counting down the release date. Mores songs added to my collection. His music sets the mood for so many different occasions. Thanks Brian!!!!

From the mountains of Asheville N.C. Jazzoneonone

Just from listening to the preview of this CD "Just what you need", it truly is just what you need to relax on a stressful day. I can't wait to add it to my collection!!!!!!! Brian Simpson best CD so far.

Larry "Pepper" Jackson

Simply awesome....thanks Brian!!!!!

Biography

Born: Gurnee, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Keyboardist and composer Brian Simpson is a sought-after studio musician and musical director who has regularly crossed from jazz to pop and R&B. Raised in Gurnee, Illinois, Simpson grew up in a musical family and eventually earned his music degree from Northern Illinois University. After graduating, he relocated to Los Angeles, where he found work performing with such artists as Boney James, Norman Brown, and Everette Harp. This led to stints touring with a variety of pop artists, including Janet...
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