When a jazz fans thinks about great trombone players only a few names come to mind, J.J. Johnson, Steve Turre or maybe Bill Watous. Soon jazz fans will be praising the slide horn of Rick Simerly. Rick Simerly's debut release proves to many that the trombone is a very versatile and foundational jazz instrument. Rick has been an instructor of music education for over twenty years and has performed and toured with the likes of Tommy Dorsey, Gladys Knight, Jon Faddis, Butch Miles, Lou Rawls, and The Temptations just to name a few.
Rick displays his technical abilities on the trombone with mellow yet powerful heart-felt devotion. Playing a rendition of Coltrane's "Giant Steps", Rick sells a version of this great classic that would make Coltrane proud and surprised at what a trombone can do for this tune. Rick composes a track of his own in "Infant Eyes". Rick slows things down on this track to deliver a relaxing mood setting ballad that puts your mind and body at ease.
If you enjoy some great hornwork, you'll love Rick new release, "Simple Complexity".