Simple Things

Simple Things

by Jim Brickman

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Simple Things

With Simple Things, piano sensation Jim Brickman aims to capture the power of life's pure essence -- or to recapture it, actually, from the fast-paced, high-pressure world we live in today. Where some instrumental players dwell in the airier realms of the ambient and atmospheric, Brickman plays with a poignantly romantic and lyrical edge. When his elegant piano takes the lead, supported chamber-style by Tracy Silverman on violin and viola and Thea Suits-Silverman on flute, the music seeps in and stirs the emotions. The pieces range from the lyrical and stately to his signature "conversational" style ("Another Tuesday Morning" and "Journey") in which musical phrases mingle in dialogue. True to the theme, the most stirring piece is the simplest, "Catching Twilight," where Brickman plays with contrasting dark passages to deepen the emotional impact. Other standouts include "One and Only," which begins with the languid plucking of Silverman's violin and grows to a touching melodic duet, and "Serenade," where the pianist's style is augmented by au courant drum programming. As he proved with his all-star PBS performances, Brickman has friends in high places. This time out it's country star Rebecca Lynn Howard, who adds vocal charm to the title tack. Tom Douglas offers a hushed and respectful rendition of "A Mother's Day," but it's the spacious sensitivity Brickman expresses through his fingers that makes his albums so popular. The high-powered, Bolton-esque ballad "It Must Be You," featuring vocals by All-4-One, closes the album. His willingness to reach for ever-loftier heights of romance yields fresh fruit here, but Brickman is at his best when he follows his own advice: It's the simple things that ultimately mean the most.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2001
Label: Rca Victor
UPC: 0019341158929
catalogNumber: 11589

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Brickman   Primary Artist,Piano
Beth Nielsen Chapman   Background Vocals
John Catchings   Cello
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Bruce Gaitsch   Acoustic Guitar
Jay Joyce   Electric Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Tracy Silverman   Guitar,Violin,Viola,Vocals,Electric Violin
Bruce Watson   Guitar
Wil Wheaton   Background Vocals
Chris Willis   Background Vocals
All-4-One   Vocals
David Salinas   Drums
David Grow   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tommy Douglas   Vocals
Peggy Baldwin   Cello
Jorgen Carlsson   Bass
Caito Marcondes   Percussion
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Rebecca Lynn Howard   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rex Schnelle   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jim Brickman   Producer
David Leonard   Engineer
Tracy Silverman   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
David Grow   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Brian D. Siewert   Engineer,String Arrangements
Rod Michaels   Engineer
Chuck Turner   Engineer
Rex Schnelle   Programming,Producer,Engineer

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Simple Things 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite CD's. Many instumentals, soft songs. I enjoy it both to listen to as the activity or as background music while working on other things.
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