In the creation of Together, Carlos Simon took the opportunity to collaborate with other talented friends and musicians in the wake of the pandemic to make exquisite, soul-satisfying music with a message. The album collates and celebrates the multifaceted layers of Carlos’ personality, upbringing, and musical understanding, with a creative process that strikes the balance of original compositions, improvisations, and carefully crafted arrangements. Together was released on Decca Classics worldwide on September 8, 2023.
In addition to performing on a number of tracks, Carlos has enlisted violinist and fellow Decca recording artist Randall Goosby, two-times GRAMMY Award-winning mezzo J’Nai Bridges (“the ‘Beyoncé of opera” — BET), acclaimed GRAMMY Award-winning baritone Will Liverman and GRAMMY-nominated rising star cellist Seth Parker Woods. The album also features contributions from the Carlos Simon Collective, a group that Simon founded and conducted.
Carlos describes the album as “a record that is truly representative of my musical life right now, one of collaboration, improvisation and pure music-making.”
This is his second album on Decca, following on from the GRAMMY-nominated album Requiem for the Enslaved, which was released in June 2022.