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Brian Simpson: It’s All Good

If you were listening to smooth-jazz radio a decade ago, you might have heard a little gem of a ditty called “Closer Still” by pianist Brian Simpson. But Simpson hadn’t been on the radio until the release of this top-to-bottom winner and its No. 1-charting title song. Simpson’s excuse? He’s been a session groupie for top smooth-jazz artists and took on the weighty responsibilities of being saxophonist Dave Koz’s music director.

When Simpson decided it was time to record another CD, he conveniently had an in with Koz, who just so happens to be the cofounder and senior VP for creative development at Rendezvous Entertainment. Koz liked Simpson’s demos, and the result is a 10-track CD of laid-back piano jazz that’s one of the year’s best.

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