The latest album from keyboardist Brian Simpson is titled Out Of A Dream. It is a fine effort from Mr. Simpson and the project includes some performances by some of the biggest and familiar names in contemporary jazz. The album has a solid blend of guitar, piano and saxophone. This is just the beginning of a new year, but this album is certainly one of the best albums to come out in 2015. The sound is fresh, vibrant and full of energy. Your attention is grabbed from the opening song One of A Kind to the very last song Nightfall.
Brian Simpson is the featured keyboardist and musical director of the Dave Koz band. On this album, saxophonist Koz plays on a song he wrote called When I Say Your Name. Flutist Najee lends his talents on the title track Out Of A Dream. Guitarist Norman Brown does a solo on the song Just One Wish. Of course, Mr. Brown does his usual outstanding job. Another fantastic guitarist is Marc Antoine. He joins Brian Simpson on the tune San Lorenzo. Maysa gives that special touch as she does vocals on Rio Sway.
The other talented musicians that back up Brian Simpson on this project include: Grace Kelly on alto saxophone, guitarist Nils, Alex Al on bass, Oliver Brown on percussion, Ricky Lawson on drums, Darrell Crooks on guitar, Darryl Williams on bass and programming, drummer Jay Williams, Brian Kilgore on percussion, Steve Alaniz on tenor sax, Oliver Wendell on keyboards, Yarone Levy on guitar, Michael White on drums, Jonathan Fritzen on keyboards and programming, Maurice Brown on trumpet, Derek Douget on tenor sax and on additional drums Scott Simpson.
If you live in southern California or will be in the area in March, Brian Simpson is playing on two dates. The first is March 14, 2015 in Beverly Hills at the Spaghettini Dave Koz Lounge. That show will include Brian Simpson and Marc Antoine. The second show will be March 21, 2015 at Grooves at the Westin in Rancho Mirage, California. That show will include Michael Paulo, Greg Karukas and Jessy J. On May 10, 2015, Mr. Simpson will appear at Vitello’s E Spot Lounge in Studio City, California. You can visit his website and find out more of where he is touring and other news by logging on to www.bsimpsonmusic.com.