Personnel: Jim Brickman (piano); Thea Suits-Silverman (flute); David Benoit (piano).
Much like his contemporary George Winston, Jim Brickman has released a series of quiet, contemplative solo piano albums on the new-age label Windham Hill. Brickman's light, lyrical touch and lovely melodic compositions have earned him a dedicated following, and this well-selected Windham Hill sampler proves why.
PURE JIM BRICKMAN collects 16 of the pianist/composer's most soothing tracks, focusing on the creation of gentle, mood-enhancing atmospheres. Solo instrumental pieces alternate with soft jazz excursions and the occasional duet (on "Glory," for example, where Brickman is joined by David Benoit, and "Amazing Grace," which features vocalist Ginny Owens). The set acts as a strong introduction to Brickman's aesthetic, and should also satisfy anyone seeking pleasant, relaxing music.