2009/09/28 1 Comment
Norman Brown is another of the newer talents I like to spend a little time with. Quick, smooth and precise, Norman is easy to listen to while reading, driving, cooking, partying, a whole range of activities. Brown does all of his own arrangements and creates some great combinations of talent and instruments.
His 2008 album After the Storm was Jazz Album of the Year on at least two charts. It is one of my favorites and it features a great version of That’s the Way Loves Goes, a composition by James Harris, Terry Lewis and Janet Jackson.
Another great track on this CD is Norman’s shift to the acoustic guitar. Titled Acoustic Time, this is a soft, lovely tune:
Brown is probably best recognized for his version of Ernie Isely’s For the Love of You, which gets tons of play on all smooth jazz radio stations and live streams.
Speaking of live jazz streaming, Norman Brown (like the jazz radio pioneer Dave Koz) broadcasts a great show every weekend on The Smooth Jazz Network. The link is http://smoothjazznetwork.com
I also really enjoy Norman’s Just Between Us CD.