Norman Simmons

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Savant CD 2056
Norman Simmons
In Private

Norman Simmons came out of Chicago in distinguished keyboard company, along with his contemporaries Junior Mance, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jodie Christian and Ramsey Lewis. Quickly, Norman became the accompanist of choice of an impressive list of jazz singers, including Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, Anita O'Day and Joe Williams. Nothing hones a pianist's sense of color, rhythm and harmonic subtlety more than accompanying vocalists. Norman brings that experience to his solo playing, giving unique insight and meaning to any song he chooses to play. Norman is joined by bassist Lisle Atkinson and drummer Paul Humphrey for this, his third Savant release. The program includes an interesting selection of originals, jazz standards and well-known tunes beautifully arranged for the intimate setting of piano trio with a sprinkling of thoughtful piano solos mixed in. See what made Norman the pianist of choice for so many jazz greats.

Norman Simmons- piano; Lisle Atkinson, bass; Paul Humphrey, drums

Tracks: Sushi Yama Blues; Stella by Starlight; My Melancholy Baby; It Could Happen To You; How Am I To Know; Caravan; Soft Wind; How Do You eep the Music Playing; Manha de Carnaval/Recado Bossa Nova; Chopin Waltz.

 Sushi Yama Blues

 Stella By Starlight

 Soft Wind

 How Do You Keep the Music Playing

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