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Norman Simmons: In Private / Houston Person: All Soul

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Norman Simmons In Private HighNote 2005

Norman Simmons has been one of the most talented accompanying pianists for over fifty years, arranging and playing with instrumentalists Johnny Griffin and Eddie “Lockjaw Davis, Ramsey Lewis, and singers Dakota Station, Ernestine Anderson, Carmen McRae, and Joe Williams, among many others. This recording, featuring bassist Lisle Atkinson and drummer Paul Humphrey, is appropriately titled because most of the songs were taped one late evening several years ago ...

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Norman Simmons 2000-2004

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Norman Simmons The Art of Norman Simmons (2000) Synthesis (2002) In Private (2004) Savant Records

Better late than never. Listening to these impressive sessions by pianist Norman Simmons and his sundry companions, spanning the years 2000-2004, the thought occurs that it would be a shame if such talented musicians as he were never recorded at all. I'd not heard of Simmons but learned from perusing the liner notes that ...

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Norman Simmons: The Art Of Norman Simmons

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As the accompanist for singers Dakota Staton, Carmen McRae, and Joe Williams, as well as a member of bands led by Johnny Griffin, Roy Eldridge and others, pianist Norman Simmons has spent little of his fifty-plus years as a musician in the spotlight. On the appropriately titled The Art of Norman Simmons, he successfully strikes a balance between putting his own talents front and center and melding them with musicians he respects and admires. The members of his quintet share ...


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