The Art Of Norman Simmons by David A. OrthmannMore articles about Norman Simmons
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Simmons’ solos are a model of intelligence and good taste. On his up-tempo tune “Stiffed,” he effortlessly spins out single note bop lines without sounding rushed or harried. “The Hour of Parting” begins with Johnson floating chords around Simmons’ pensive playing of the melody, and continues with a turn by the pianist that is lovely in its restraint.
Although bassist Paul West and drummer Paul Wells (another longtime collaborator with Simmons) have a minimum of solo space, their contributions are invaluable in keeping the music moving forward. West has a rich tone, walks well, and frequently plays subtle counter melodies to Simmons’ lines, such as on “My Secret Love.” Wells’ drumming always conveys the essence of the music without any fanfare or excess. His unflagging shuffle beat on Simmons’ “I’m Your Boogie Man,” is pure motion in a straight line.
Track List:I’m Your Boogie Man; Joe; There Are Such Things; My Silent Love; Stiffed; Harlem Nocturne; 6 AM; The Hour Of Parting; Medley: I’m Getting Sentimental Over You/Roscoe Franbro.
Personnel: Norman Simmons
Record Label: Savant Records
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