25 Years [2 CDs]

Format: CD
Release Date: 10/9/2020
Availability: In Stock

In 2020, Edward Simon celebrates his illustrious three-decade career in music. During this time span, the Venezuela-born pianist and composer has led or co-led award-winning ensembles and collaborated with some of today's most prominent jazz artists, including vocalists Luciana Souza and Gretchen Parlato; Afinidad, the long-running virtuoso quartet featuring David Binney, Scott Colley, and Brian Blade; the acclaimed chamber ensemble Imani Winds; and the all-star SFJAZZ Collective. To observe this milestone, Ridgeway Records will release a compilation album comprising Simon's personal selections from his distinguished discography from 1995 to the present. Titled 25 Years, the limited-edition 2-CD set includes compelling selections from his acclaimed and influential early recordings, including the quartet album Edward Simon, with Mark Turner, Adam Cruz and Larry Grenadier, a 1995 New York Times Top Ten Album selection, and the cutting-edge, Latin-infused La Bikina, from 1998. Of more recent vintage are the chamber-esque Venezuelan Suite, on which Simon blends the tuneful, buoyant sounds of his native country with the harmonically sophisticated vocabulary and forward-looking attitude of jazz, and the NAACP Image Awards-winning trio date Latin American Songbook. Also represented is Simon's collaborative work with saxophonist David Binney on the albums Afinidad and Océanos; his all-star trio work with bass icon John Patitucci and drummers Brian Blade or Eric Harland; and Simon's most recent collaborative project, Steel House, in which the pianist, Blade and bassist Scott Colley blend acoustic jazz improvisation with electronic-tinged atmospherics for an inviting, song-oriented sound. In short, 25 Years is a unique way to experience and enjoy Simon's music - a must-have for his fans and the perfect introduction for those not yet familiar with his elegant playing and unique compositional sensibility.

1. Ericka
2. Alma Llanera, Pt. 2
3. Govinda
4. Fiestas
5. Simplicity
6. Pathless Path
7. Pere
8. Impossible Question
9. What If'
10. Aguantando
11. Caballo Viejo
12. Barinas
13. Uninvited Thoughts
14. Navigator
15. Gracias a la Vida
16. Venezuela Unida
17. Triumphs
Album Details
Disc Count: 2
Total Length: 00:00
UPC: 666449073694