Friday, May 12, 2017

Norman Brown

















Artist:  Norman Brown
Born:  December 18, 1970.  Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Genre:  Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Soul Jazz, Jazz Pop, Crossover Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Guitar Jazz, Jazz Instrument
Occupation:  Musician, Singer
Instruments:  Guitar, Vocals

Norman Brown is an American Smooth Jazz Guitarist and Singer from Kansas City, Missouri.  He was initially influenced by Jimi Hendrix and The Isley Brothers, then when he heard Wes Montgomery, he began to play Jazz.  In 1992 he released his debut album, Just Between Us.  Suddenly critics drew comparisons to George Benson and Wes Montgomery.  In 2002, he formed BWB with Kirk Whalum (Saxophone) and Rick Braun (Trumpet).  In 2003, he won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album for Just Chillin'.  In 2007, he had a No. 1 Smooth Jazz Radio Hit, "Let's Take A Ride", from album Stay With Me.













Title:  Let It Go  (2017)
Genre:  Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Soul Jazz, Jazz Pop, Crossover Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Guitar Jazz, Jazz Instrument
Label:  Shanachie Records
Rating:   ****

Tracks:

 1.  Lessons Of The Spirit  (0:42)
 2.  It Keeps Coming Back  (4:09)
 3.  Let It Go  (6:18)
 4.  Ooh Child (feat. TrayCar)  (5:16)
 5.  Conversations (feat. Sisters Of Unbreakable Love S.O.U.L.) (5:52)
 6.  Living Out Your Destiny (feat. Sisters Of Unbreakable Love S.O.U.L.)  (4:36)
 7.  Holding You (feat. Chante Moore)  (4:00)
 8.  The North Star (feat. Marion Meadows)  (4:52)
 9.  Very Woman  (4:43)
10. Liberated (feat.  BWB)  (4:39)
11. Remember Who You Are (feat. Kirk Whalum)  (5:14)
12. Man In The Mirror (feat. Sounds Of Blackness)  (5:10)

Personnel:

Norman Brown:  Guitar
Tracy Carter:  Keyboards on Tracks: 1, 2, 4-6, 10, 12, Piano on Tracks: 2, 8, 12, Vocals on Tracks: 4, 5
Nathanel Kearney:  Bass on Tracks: 2-5, 8, 10-12, Synth Bass on Track 6
Franklin (Third) Richardson:  Drums on Tracks: 2, 4, 8, 12
Omari Williams:  Drums on Tracks: 3, 5, 6, 11
Ramon Ysles:  Percussion on Track 3
Herman Jackson:  Keyboards on Tracks: 3, 6, 8, 11, Rhodes on Track 8
Brown Sugar:  Vocals on Tracks: 5, 6
James Poyser:  Keyboards on Tracks: 7, 11
Pino Pallidino:  Bass on Track 7
Vidal Davis:  Drums on Track 7
Charte Moore:  Vocals on Track 7
Marion Meadows:  Saxophone on Track 8
Brannen Temple:  Drums on Track 9
Braylon Lacy:  Bass on Track 9
Justin Lyons:  Guitar on Track 9
Hope N. Jones:  Background Vocals on Track 9
Arlington Jones:  Keyboards, Keyboards Bass, Drum Programming on Track 9
Kirk Whalum:  Saxophone on Tracks: 10, 11
Gorden Campbell:  Drums on Track 10
Rick Braun:  Trumpet on Track 10
Sounds Of Blackness (Jamecia Bennett, Quintin Brown, Ashley Commodore, Ayenna Davis, Tim Davis, Bridget Dawkins, Steve Dinkins, Rodney Fair, Graydon Francis, Terrence Frierson, Carrie Harrington, Len Jones, Melissa Kennedy, Lynnette Simpson, Anthony Valentino):  Vocals on Track 12
Jamecia Bennett, Melissa Kennedy, Lynnette Simpson, Ashley Commodore, Carrie Harrington:  Additional Vocals on Track 12

Let It Go is debut album for Shanachie Records by Norman Brown, was released on April 14, 2017 by Shanachie Records, featuring special guests:  Charte Moore, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, James Poyser, Marion Meadows and Sounds Of Blackness.

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