"The Thought of You" by Otis Brown III on iTunes

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Drummer Otis Brown III impresses on his debut solo album, The Thought of You. Brown makes room for jazz, hip-hop, gospel, and a cover of Canadian country singer Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One” featuring vocalist Gretchen Parlato. The album opens with “The Way (Truth and Life),” which features a muscular horn arrangement, Robert Glasper’s unmistakable touch on piano, and Ben Williams’ driving bass. Bilal lends vocals to “The Thought of You—Part 1,” a track that includes incisive trumpet from Keyon Harrold. The spotlight is on singer Nikki Ross for a gospel medley drenched with Shedrick Mitchell’s organ.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Drummer Otis Brown III impresses on his debut solo album, The Thought of You. Brown makes room for jazz, hip-hop, gospel, and a cover of Canadian country singer Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One” featuring vocalist Gretchen Parlato. The album opens with “The Way (Truth and Life),” which features a muscular horn arrangement, Robert Glasper’s unmistakable touch on piano, and Ben Williams’ driving bass. Bilal lends vocals to “The Thought of You—Part 1,” a track that includes incisive trumpet from Keyon Harrold. The spotlight is on singer Nikki Ross for a gospel medley drenched with Shedrick Mitchell’s organ.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

18 Ratings

Supreme Swing

Nrender,

Love the music bro! You are showing off your mastery of style, grace, and musical tenacity. Continue to make great music Otis!!

Extraordinary

ArneshaMarie,

The artistry is amazing. The music transports you to another place. It's a blessing to see the vision come to past. Well done OT well Done....!!

About Otis Brown III

Otis Brown III is a Grammy-nominated jazz drummer, composer, and recording artist who is a go-to session and touring sideman. He is best-known for his work with Joe Lovano in Us Five, though he has been on dozens of sessions and is as noteworthy for backing singers as he is instrumentalists.

Brown III was born in Hackensack, New Jersey. His mother was a vocal music teacher and choir director, and his father a school band instructor and noted percussionist who played with Al Green and James Brown.

The younger Brown III began his musical studies on alto saxophone at the age of seven under his father's tutelage, and showed early promise. He played not only in school but in church. After moving to Newark where he attended high school, he played alto in jazz orchestra and snare drum in the marching band, both of which were directed by his dad.

Brown III attended Delaware State University where he came under the tutelage and mentorship of jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, an influence that would prove to be profound.

It was Byrd who encouraged Brown III to move to New York in order to be in close proximity to its jazz scene and continue his development. After completing his studies at Delaware State, he earned a scholarship to New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music -- his classmates included pianist Robert Glasper, saxophonist John Ellis, vocalist Bilal Oliver, and trumpeter Kenyon Harrold. In New York, Brown III studied with Larry Goldings, Lewis Nash, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Carl Allen, and others.

Lovano heard him play while he was attending the Thelonious Monk Institute in Colorado, and Brown III began subbing for his regular drummers -- Idris Muhammad and Nash -- because they were both busy session players. Brown III eventually won a seat permanently and became a founding member the saxophonist's Us Five (along with Esperanza Spalding), whose album Bird Songs was nominated for a Grammy in 2012.

Brown III's debut album, The Thought of You, was relkeased by Blue Note in partnership with Revive. It featured his New School classmates as well as bassist Ben Williams, vocalists Spalding, Gretchen Parlato, and Nikki Ross. Organist Shedrick Mitchell and guitarist Nir Felder also made guest appearances. It was released in September of 2014 by Blue Note. Its first single, "The Thought Of You-Part I," featured Oliver on vocals. ~ Thom Jurek

  • ORIGIN
    Hackensack, NJ

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