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Album Review

Donald Brown ventures away from post-bop to a more contemporary sound on this studio date. In addition to old friend Bill Mobley, heard on both trumpet and flugelhorn, the pianist is accompanied by electric bassist Essiet Essiet, soprano and tenor saxophonist Jean Toussaint, guitarist Jerome Barde, drummer Billy Kilson, and percussionist Anga Diaz. "Reruns From the Seventies," a rather monotonous funk piece (dedicated to George Clinton and Prince), is a disappointment, as is the labored "Suite: In Search of the Bush Man Essiet." Better is the intense "No Man's Land," which builds upon Brown's vamp into a firestorm, and the complex ballad "What Do You Think of Me Now?." Unfortunately, the engineering on this session is inferior to Brown's earlier Space Time recordings due to the often-distorted sound of the reeds and brass. But fans of Donald Brown will still want to pick up this French CD.


Born: 28 March 1954 in Hernando, MS

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

A fine pianist and educator, Donald Brown has also been a prolific composer. He grew up in Memphis and actually started out on drums and trumpet. By the time he attended Memphis State University (1972-1975), he was playing jazz piano. After years of local work, Brown replaced James Williams with the Jazz Messengers (1981-1982). He went on to teach at Berklee (1983-1985) and the University of Tennessee (starting in 1988), recorded albums...
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At This Point In My Life, Donald Brown
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  • 105,00 kr
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 20 March 2001

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