Smooth Jazz has a long and wonderful history of superstar duo pairings, from David Benoit & Russ Freeman to Boney James & Rick Braun and Paul Brown & Marc Antoine. 2020 begins with one of the most awe-inspiring yet, with genre icons Brian Simpson and Steve Oliver pooling their respective melodic and rhythmic geniuses (and collective history of 25 #1 radio hits) on UNIFIED. Building off their trademark alternately sensual/soulful and lively/rambunctious acoustic piano and guitar foundations, the two create their free flowing, festive and often romantic flow by incorporating elements specific to their individual sounds. These include Oliver’s vibey atmospheres, exotic percussion and light vocalese and Simpson’s improvisational grace and occasional retro keyboard riffs. Amazing individually, UNIFIED they transcend all expectations!