New album from guitarist Drew Simpson uplifts and inspires
(Published: November 08, 2011)
All it takes is one listen to become cleansed by the summer glow of guitarist Drew Simpson's new album Noteworthy. Appropriately enough, the record's most immediate charmer is the aptly titled "Coastal Rays." On this track, Simpson unreels layers of shimmering acoustic riffs that roll like waves of gold. Chris Bautista's tunefully ascending trumpet glide across the ocean of melody. Stunningly gorgeous, "Coastal Rays" could illuminate the darkest nights. It summarizes the immediate goal of the whole album, which is to uplift and inspire.
Simpson refuses to follow the antiseptic sounds of much contemporary jazz. There's a soulful quality to Simpson's songs, drawing upon his R&B and pop influences as well as jazz. The title track is the epitome of class and tastefulness. Simpson plays his guitar with the romantic language of a poet; each note rings with emotional depth, conjuring a warm, passionate mood. Literally speaking, this is smooth jazz; the silky softness of Simpson's performance brushes against the ears with the most delicate touch. In other words, play it for the ladies; they will appreciate it.
The slow-burning "Someone" finds Simpson caught in the throes of amour. Velvety crooning and Simpson's icily sensual guitar produce a loving mood. This is West Coast jazz at its most laid back yet atmospheric. The tracks are driven by feel and texture although Simpson and his fellow musicians also play with a surgical precision. Simpson has been causing quite a buzz in Southern California, and with this album he proves he is Noteworthy indeed.
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