- Released: August 17, 2004
- Label: Savant
- 1.Sushi Yama Blues
- 2.Stella by Starlight
- 3.My Melancholy Baby
- 4.It Could Happen to You
- 5.How Am I to Know
- 7.Soft Wind
- 8.How Do I Keep the Music Playing
- 9.Manha De Carnaval / Recado Bossa Nova
- 10.Chopin Waltz
Personnel: Norman Simmons (piano); Norman Simmons; Lisle Atkinson (double bass); Paul Humphrey , Paul Humphrey & the Cool Aid Chemists (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Norman Simmons; Laurence Donohue-Greene.
Recording information: Japan (07/27/2001-01/??/2002); Seltzer Sound, New York, NY (07/27/2001-01/??/2002).
Veteran pianist Norman Simmons plays quite beautifully throughout this disc, with the emphasis generally being on slower tempos. Most exquisite are three unaccompanied piano solos ("It Could Happen to You," "How Am I to Know" and "Chopin Waltz") that show how complete a pianist Simmons has always been. His interplay with bassist Lisle Atkinson and drummer Paul Humphrey is excellent on the other selections, and the slower-than-usual interpretations of "Stella By Starlight" and "Caravan" work quite well, with the medium-tempo "Soft Winds" being a fine change-of-pace. Norman Simmons has long been underrated. In Private serves as an excellent introduction to his music. ~ Scott Yanow