Simpson’s latest masterwork is the perfect amalgamation of music that is close to his heart – Jazz, R&B, Funk and Soul. Out Of A Dream (Released February 17, 2015) is Brian’s sixth album as a leader and third recording for Shanachie Entertainment. “When I first embarked on making this album, I was at a point where I felt I had to take my music to a different place,” explains Simpson who enlists nine different co-composers on the album that keep the sound ever-evolving and fresh. “By collaborating with other composers I was able to explore different styles of writing while still maintaining my vibe.” Out Of A Dream unites Brian Simpson with an all-star cast including saxophonists Najee, Dave Koz and Grace Kelly, guitarists Marc Antoine and Norman Brown, singer Maysa and trumpeter Maurice Brown among others.
Inspired keyboardist, composer, prolific studio musician and producer Brian Simpson is a master of all he purvey. 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.
Out Of A Dream opens with the spirited, exhilarating and soulful One Of A Kind, featuring the young and much talked about saxophonist and vocalist Grace Kelly. co-written with guitarist Nils. The hypnotic title track joins Simpson with label-mate Najee, who superbly compliments the pianist with this ethereal flute playing. As you listen to When I Say Your Name, a seductive collaboration between Simpson and Dave Koz, you understand why the powerful two-some have managed to successfully collaborate with one another for decades. The ambient and ethereal Sky Watcher, co-written with electronic music producer Ryan Farish is the album’s first single; excellent choice. The Samba-esque San Lorenzo, features guitarist Marc Antoine’ ~ hot ~ And, Rio Sway is a song that Simpson wrote with vocalist and composer Brenda Russell with Maysa in mind, she nails it!
Once again Brian Simpson has delivered the goods and Out Of A Dream is sure to become a fan favorite. As for Simpson his wish is simple. “My hope is that the songs on Out Of A Dream evoke emotion in people, which is honestly the only thing I wish when people hear my music.”
An elite group of artists added just the right seasonings to the mix creating a memorable musical experience that engages the listener from beginning to end. Let us not forget Simpson’s superb skill on the keyboard, his style is easily recognized; a feat many reach for but few achieve. Out Of A Dream highly recommended … ABYSSJazz
Rio Sway featuring Maysa ~ Enjoy!