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Randy Simon Jazz Project: The Linda Sessions

Read "The Linda Sessions" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Randy Simon Jazz Project brings to mind, on The Linda Sessions, a high end sports car in top condition zooming down a straight highway, with a rhythm section/drive train boosted by a piano and a guitar. The sound is clean, momentum smooth and straight forward. The tune--the opener of a two CD set--is “Just Deal ...

Take Five With Randy Simon

Read "Take Five With Randy Simon" reviewed by Randy Simon

Meet Randy Simon:

Randy Simon had piano lessons for a year as a child, and took classical piano lessons for a period while in graduate school, but music took a back seat for many years as he built up a successful career as a physicist. “I did not return to the piano until I inherited ...

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Randy Simon Jazz Project: Nyhavn Live

Read "Nyhavn Live" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

As instrumentalists and established groups explore new musical vistas, there's somewhat of a “safe harbor" in the richness of classic hard bop. Perhaps that's because the repertoire and stylistic formats of drummer Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, pianist Horace Silver and the like offer performers significant latitude in terms of groove, melodic and harmonic diversity, ...

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Randy Simon Jazz Project Releases "Nyhavn Live"

Randy Simon Jazz Project Releases "Nyhavn Live"

Nyhavn Live is a 2-CD set of new jazz tunes performed for a live audience by a stellar quintet of Upstate New York musicians. This is the fourth release by the Randy Simon Jazz Project, which features the original compositions and arrangements of Randy Simon. Nyhavn Live features a mix of upbeat Latin tunes, wistful ballads, ...

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Randy Simon Jazz Project: Light It Up

Read "Light It Up" reviewed by Alexander M. Stern

The Randy Simon Jazz Project is a collection of some of Upstate New York's best and brightest jazz luminaries, all brought together to play the music of the titular Simon. Simon's compositions and arrangements are extraordinary. Complex yet completely accessible, he paints dazzling portraits in sound, creating perfect launching points for his soloists. Light It Up, ...

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Randy Simon Jazz Project Releases "Light It Up"

Randy Simon Jazz Project Releases "Light It Up"

Light It Up is the fourth recording by the Randy Simon Jazz Project showcasing the compositions and instrumental arrangements of Randy Simon. It features an outstanding ensemble of musicians including two newcomers to the series: John Menegon, the renowned bass player who has played with many of the giants of contemporary jazz, and Paul Borrello, a ...

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Randy Simon Jazz Project: Awakening

Read "Awakening" reviewed by Alexander M. Stern

In describing his project on his website, composer Randy Simon characterizes his entry into the world of jazz composition as the result of a “midlife crisis." A lifelong jazz fan, Simon began taking piano lessons as an adult. Finding improvisation to be a challenge, he found that he could write down the melodies in his head, ...