June 14, 2024

Cary Simms
Intimate Thoughts

(Cary Simms Publishing – 2001)
by Raymond Redmond

A friend brought this CD by for me to hear, said a local sax cat had put it out himself and that I should take a listen. Well, I put it on and was so impressed that I felt the need to share it with all of you! Cary Simms can play… his music is full of emotion and funk and the production on the CD is top notch. From the first track I.O.U. to the last track Intimate Thoughts, each song is an experience of it’s own. No two quite the same, but all performed with a consistency of skill and depth of feeling that is rare in todays ‘pump-em-out’ world. You can tell that he put a lot of time and effort into both the creation and performance of these tracks as well as the pre and post production. Kind of like the feel you get from Grover Washington tunes… Rich and funky yet full of energy and pop!

Simms co-produced the CD with musical prodigy Rick Callier who also performs. They are accompanied by some of Portland’s premier musicians including Doug Lewis on guitar and Danny Wilson on bass with a guest appearance from Nathan East. This is a beautiful CD and should be an inspiration for all the young musicians out there… Simms put this together and got it out with no backing from the majors (or the minors). Please go out and buy this CD. If it’s not available, ask your local record store to order it. Hopefully someone in the industry will get ahold of this and help this young man get the recognition he truly deserves.

For more information visit the Cary Simms Web Site.

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