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Burt Brion – The Secret’s Out

June 16, 2017

As pianist/keyboardist Burt Brion’s sophomore release’s title states, The Secret’s Out. Here comes smooth jazz with strength, sophistication, substance, finesse, and sass. Yep, the secret is indeed out now. San Diego can no longer claim this pianist all for itself.

With soulful, captivating compositions guaranteed to capture even the most casual listener, Brion lays it on thick and heavy here.

With a very competent set of support musicians along for the ride (longtime saxman Jason Weber being one of them), Brion lets the groove fly and touch all within earshot.

Kicking it all off with the hot and funky title track, it becomes harder and harder to move away from this recording, so alluring is its quality.

He follows that get-atcha title track with the cool and persuasive “Back in the Game,” a nicely polished version of Earth, Wind & Fire’s classic “Fantasy,” a deliberate and sweetly mellow piano dance on “Captured in Time,” and the sun-filled island gem “Tahiti” that’s certainly going to move a lot of feet and hips with its infectious rhythm (being a huge melody man, I must say that this one immediately received my “fave” award for this album). Others follow, including “Bbb” for you piano, horn, and classical music aspirants and “Prayers At Bedtime” for you solo piano fans. Impressive vocals by Brion on the latter, as well.

A solid effort that opens the door of promise for more from this pianist. Give this one a listen and absorb it for effect. – Ronald Jackson