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Album Review

Norman Brown issues his third Warner Bros. date in the last five years, and goes far deeper into adult urban soul by showcasing himself as a vocalist in addition to his prodigious groove jazz guitar chops. Brown works with a host of producers, and his familiar smooth jazz underpinnings — derived more from George Benson and Hiram Bullock than Wes Montgomery these days — are present but not prevalent on most of the set. Instead, his slick nu-soul/nu-jazz singing style — identified by a thin whispery tenor — gets front and center on more than half the album's ten cuts. There's nothing wrong with this per se, but given how carefully crafted for radio this disc is, there are no surprises whatsoever; it's all safe, polished, and predictable. The highlights are the title track with its spidery groove and laid-back funky rhythm, the slippery hip-hop of "Come Over," and an inspired cover of "What's Goin' On."

Customer Reviews

One Smooth Cat!!

Norman just gets better with each album! He is hands down the smooothest jazz guitarist going today. His energy in concert is infectuous also! Buy this one then buy his whole library. You won't be disappointed!


whoever listens to this review will buy this whole album or i will suck out ur brain through a bendy straw.


It's hard to get an album where you enjoy all the songs. Been enjoying this CD for 4 yrs and so will u.


Born: December 18, 1970 in Kansas City, MO

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Kansas' Norman Brown is a hugely successful guitarist with a warm, yet technically adroit approach to smooth jazz and instrumental R&B. Born in Kansas City, Brown first became interested in the guitar at age eight, when he grew fond of his brother's acoustic six-string. He was initially influenced by such guitar-based acts as Jimi Hendrix and the Isley Brothers, but once he discovered one of his father's favorite guitarists, Wes Montgomery, everything changed. Rather than play, for instance, material...
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