Jeff Andrew Simpson | In a Midnight Moon

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In a Midnight Moon

by Jeff Andrew Simpson

Fresh and exciting jazz originals with a contemporary edge featuring Simpson on sax/flute, trumpeter Marcus Printup, pianist Bill O'Connell, and many others.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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1. Wake Up
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2. Off the Border
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3. I've Told Ev'ry Little Star
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4. Last Day
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5. Daddy's Lullaby
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6. Penumbra
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7. Blues in the Midnight Moon
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8. Evanescence
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9. The Teacher
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10. Hang Time
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11. To Know You're There
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12. Yeah!
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jeff Andrew Simpson has been delivering the message of jazz through his performance, compositions and arrangements, and his voice as an educator for almost 15 years. He does all of this with conviction because jazz is not merely his music; it is his life, his spirit an affirmation of his faith, and his philosophy. It is no surprise then, that this outstanding compilation of music is an authentic representation of the personal and artistic development of a truly gifted jazz musician. And what a way to begin his recording career!

Growing up as the son of jazz disc jockey and concert producer Jack Simpson laid the foundation for Jeff's career in jazz, when at the age of 10, he met musicians such as Ira Sullivan, Howard McGhee and Dizzy Gilespie. He then began piano lessons, guitar two years later, and joined the Jr. Messengers, a 60 member interracial singing group designed to spread brotherhood that was founded by his mother. At age 15, he began writing songs and soon discovered his passion for music. After a brief attempt at a career in professional golf, Simpson refocused on music, jazz in particular, taking up the saxophone.

He soon carved his niche as a premier performer with his broad tradition filled sound on tenor saxophone and his haunting nuance on the flute. Jeff's concept of performing jazz was formed and ingrained through countless performances by his mentor, jazz legend Ira Sullivan. " Every time I watched Ira play, there was an unmistakeable magic happening on stage and with the music. I wanted to be a part of that". Starting with jam sessions with his mentor, he suddenly found himself in the role of leader and was hooked. He found great success leading jazz groups at major concerts and festivals throughout Florida.

Here, he has brought together an impressive group of musicians that create a sound that is both energetic and moving. Pianist Bill O'Connell has performed with Mongo Santamaria, Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Dave Valentin, Gato Barbiera and more recently with vocalist Jon Lucien. Trumpeter Marcus Printup, a 10 year veteran with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, has 5 CDs to his credit and is considered one of the foremost performers on his instrument. Bassist Lincoln Goines, has a long list of credits including Eliane Elias, Dave Valentin and most recently with Mike Sterns. Kim Plainfield on drums has performed with some of the best musicians in the world and continues his teaching ventures at the Berklee School of Music. On two of the tracks Simpson has added the brilliant and much sought after Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo, and percussionist Roland Guerrero, which adds just the right spice to this diverse collection of tunes. Internationally renowned vocalist Allan Harris rounds out the cast with his beautifully rich rendering of a sure to be Standard, as you will hear on Daddy's Lullaby.

Look what they're saying about "In a Midnight Moon"

Jay Edwards of Atlanta's leading Jazz station WCLK, says, "In a Midnight Moon is a warm breeze that embraces your heart. The versatility of Jeff Simpson as musician captivates the listener with his sensuous bossas, 'Penumbra', and holds your attention with mainstream cuts like 'Blues in the Midnight Moon', and gives this new release a cutting edge bar none."

New York DJ Leo Rayhill of WCNY since 1961, adds, "In a Midnight Moon reflects musicianship of the highest quality and Simpson's compositions and arrangements are beautifully written. His CD is outstanding!"

Cadence Magazine's Frank Rubalino, in a recent review states: "He guides the session through the straight forward channels of light improvisations and upbeat tempo to make a positive statement on the tradition of Jazz. Simpson emits a robust tone on tenor, soars gracefully on flute, and regularly establishes the finger-popping atmosphere that characterizes the set."

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Corey Kondas, Music Appreciation Teacher

Extremely cool CD! A diverse range of contemporary and traditional sounds. Eve
This is an extremely cool CD! There is something for everyone here - and a lot of fun to listen to. A diverse range of contemporary and traditional sounds are blended together beautifully. Every track is good - world-class, innovative musicians deliver. From upbeat - get up and dance around the living room sounds - to thoughtful, floaty, and tuneful melodies. You'll want to hear it over and over and so will your friends.
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Jack Simpson

Impressive performances of attractive originals, in a variety of styles
During the planning stage of this CD, I told Jeff to be sure to include several standards, which would be familiar to its listeners.Yes, as a veteran of jazz, that was my advice.Like many other sons, Jeff didn't heed that parental suggestion. The result? W@ell, a lot of knowledgeable people have told me they think it's great. I agree,it is!
My mistake? I underestimated Jeff's writing ability. Previously I had heard two of his compositions, "Yeah!" and "Penumbra and had been imprssed. The latter, a beautiful melody, was recorded by the University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble , a few years ago to some acclaim. I still said, "Only one standard?" and I'm now saying,"I was wrong".
Of course,the standard. "I've Told Every Little Star", with its'Sonny Rollins derivation, is done very well, and is attractively familiar. With some of the finest musicians in the country performing, what would you expect? The CD is programmed cleverl, with a variety of sounds including funk, swing, ballads, and even a lullaby, sung very tenderly by Allen Harris. This isn't a Latin jazz
album, but when it happens, Labambo and Guerrero are ready. Pianist O'Connell has his own Latin Fan tasy group, so is an outstanding contributor here.Drummer Plainfield is a member of that group, and O'Connell is Jeff's cousin.Talk about family commitments!
As a jazz broadcaster, I find music here that I love to include in my "Jazz on the Beach" program. As a father, I'm delighted with Jeff's playing, writing and skills in musical production
Jack Simpson (WFIT-FM Melbourne and WUCF-FM,Orlando,Florida.)
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Robby Jenson

Fresh , exciting and original jazz that makes listening fun!
This CD is awesome! Features world class musicians, great tunes, and a wonderful variety of straight-ahead, Latin, and contemporary jazz. Jazz that is a joy to listen to, drive to and/or have in the background for a party. Simpson delivers on all fronts!
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Sandi Hall

Terrific, well thought out and arranged.
Having heard the CD and now seeing Jeff in concert in Melbourne, Florida I am very impressed. His band is great and Jeff is multi-instrumentalist with great style and versatility. As a composer Jeff has done wonderful things with words and chord structure.

Buy the CD and enjoy-I have one and so does my husband.
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Jim Santella, L.A. Jazz Scene

This CD swings with a creative spirit and some blues hues ooze a feeling that re
Jeff Andrew Simpson leads a searing modern mainstream jazz quintet on this passionate outing. His flute melodies offer a natural tone, around which his bandmates swirl their spontaneous enthusiasm. On tenor and flute, his leadership gives each straight ahead arrangement a firm foundation. Made up mostly of originals, the program swings with a creative spirit. Blues hues ooze a feeling that reaches out and grabs you. Piano, trumpet, guitar, C flute, and tenor saxophone display their inspiration through exotic solos that are derived from a genuine love of jazz.
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Rich Hall

Very well put together.
I enjoyed the renditions and the unity of the group. Everyone contributed greatly to the excellence of the CD. I would recommend to anyone wishing to hear great performances and music. VERY WELL PUT TOGETHER!!
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