Just What You Need

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All Music Guide - Campbell
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/2013
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351540423
  • Catalog Number: 5404
  • Sales rank: 3,420

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wherever You Go (4:41)
  2. 2 Just What You Need - Elan Trotman (4:47)
  3. 3 Emerald City (4:20)
  4. 4 Soul Embrace (4:00)
  5. 5 A Love Like This (4:14)
  6. 6 The Girl From Ipanema (4:45)
  7. 7 D'groove (4:38)
  8. 8 In the Rain - Marc Antoine (4:25)
  9. 9 Castaway (3:55)
  10. 10 You Gotta Be (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brian Simpson Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards
Gerald Albright Tenor Saxophone
Jonathan Butler Guitar
Dave Koz Tenor Saxophone
Alex Al Bass
Darrell Crooks Guitar
Ray Fuller Guitar
Brian Kilgore Percussion
Larry Kimpel Bass
Ron King Trumpet
Michael White Drums
Marc Antoine Acoustic Guitar
Ronnie Gutierrez Percussion
Gerey Johnson Guitar
Jeff Robinson Vocals
Mike Broening Keyboards
Elan Trotman Tenor Saxophone
Nate Harasim Keyboards
Yarone Levy Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Oliver Wendell Keyboards
Nicholas Cole Keyboards
Technical Credits
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Dave Darlington Mastering
Norman Gimbel Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Brian Simpson Composer, Producer
Ashley Ingram Composer
Mike Broening Composer, Programming, Producer
Danny Weiss Executive Producer
Nate Harasim Composer, Programming, Producer
Stanley Berger Composer
Oliver Wendell Composer, Producer
Nicholas Cole Composer, Programming, Producer
Des'ree Ingram Composer
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