The Essential Jim Brickman

The Essential Jim Brickman

by Jim Brickman


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The Essential Jim Brickman

This double-disc collection issued by Sony's Legacy imprint focuses on the years that made pianist/composer Jim Brickman into a brand name; he has done everything from writing and performing hit duets with pop and country singers, to composing television themes (Guiding Light), to becoming a seasonal recording specialist in the last five years. While the 33 tracks here collect Brickman's work from 1994 through 2005, the period it concentrates most heavily upon, naturally, are the years between 1995 and 2001. Cuts from early new age albums on Windham Hill such as No Words (1994) and By Heart: Piano Solos are included, before the picture shifts to more pop-oriented fare from albums such as 1997's Picture This, with its hit "Valentine" performed by Martina McBride; and 1999's Destiny, which spawned the instrumental smash "Rendezvous" with Herb Alpert on trumpet, and the solo piano feature "Crossroads" which opens this collection. His 21st century works are represented by tracks from the live My Romance: An Evening with Jim Brickman (2000), Simple Things (2001, whose title track with vocalist Rebecca Lynn Howard is a high point in this collection), Love Songs and Lullabies (2002), Peace (2003), through 2005's Grace. This last album, and No Words, his first, are represented only by single cuts, the rest feature multiple selections from each release. Though there isn't any unreleased material here, in creating a truly representative best-of release, Legacy makes this the near-perfect comp for fans of Brickman's easy, breezy, emotionally uplifting, trademark sound.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/2010
Label: Rca
UPC: 0886977349423
catalogNumber: 773494
Rank: 123628

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Brickman   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Soprano Saxophone
Beth Nielsen Chapman   Background Vocals
Collin Raye   Vocals,Background Vocals
Michelle Wright   Vocals
Susan Ashton   Vocals,Background Vocals
Herb Alpert   Trumpet
Michael Bolton   Vocals
Donny Osmond   Vocals
Dave Koz   Saxophone
Martina McBride   Vocals
Ronn Huff   Conductor
Boney James   Soprano Saxophone
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Darrell Brown   Background Vocals
John Catchings   Cello
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Bruce Gaitsch   Acoustic Guitar
Dann Huff   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jay Joyce   Electric Guitar
Brian Newcombe   Bass
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Dan Shea   Bass,Keyboards
Tracy Silverman   Violin,Viola,Electric Violin
Martin Tillman   Cello
Bruce Watson   Electric Guitar
Chris Willis   Background Vocals
Jordan Hill   Vocals
Marilyn Harris   Strings,Keyboards
David Grow   Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Billy Porter   Vocals
Jorgen Carlsson   Bass
Jane Krakowski   Vocals
Thea Suits-Silverman   Flute
Mark Wolfram   Synthesizer
Anne Cochran   Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Rebecca Lynn Howard   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lynn Peithman   Strings
Anthony Anderson   Guitar
Beverly Drukker   Strings
Beverley Staunton   Background Vocals
Carolyn Bailey   Strings
Mark Reneau   Strings
Shu Zheng Yang   Strings
Brian Siewert   Conductor
Erik Eldenius   Drums
Dan Deviller   Guitar,Conductor

Technical Credits

Beth Nielsen Chapman   Composer
Dave Koz   Composer
Ronn Huff   Arranger,String Arrangements
Jim Brickman   Arranger,Composer
Darrell Brown   Composer
Sean Hosein   Arranger,Composer,Programming
Jack Kugell   Composer
Dan Shea   Arranger,drum programming,Rhythm Programming
David Foil   Product Development
David Grow   Arranger,Programming,Vocal Producer
Jackson Braider   Liner Notes
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Bruce Upchurch   Arranger,Composer,MIDI Programming
Mark Wolfram   Arranger,Orchestration
Henri Corieau   Arranger,String Arrangements
Traditional   Composer
Jennifer Liebeskind   Product Development
Tom Douglas   Composer
Scott Farthing   Marketing
Tammy Van Aken   Packaging Manager
Leslie Collman-Smith   Marketing
Brian Siewert   Arranger,Composer,String Arrangements
Alan Safier   Composer
Hollye Leven   Composer
Dan Deviller   Arranger,Composer,Programming,String Arrangements

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