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SMOOTHJAZZ.COM REVIEW

SandyShore

While Paul Brown has scored over 60 #1 Smooth Jazz hits for himself and as a producer of other artists, the guitarist’s musical heart has always been in the blues. His past decade of pushing the boundaries towards the ultimate powerhouse fusion of urban flavored jazz and hardcore, heartfelt blues culminates in his latest Woodward Avenue Records album UPTOWN BLUES. Brown’s got a few deep in the pocket, mid and uptempo funk burners, but the emotional core of this mostly intimate collection lies in the simmering blues-drenched vocal tunes and a thoughtful, brassy tribute to Jeff Golub. Another can’t miss highlight is the poignant piano and vocal ballad about addiction, “Somebody’s Child,” penned and sung beautifully by Brown’s wife Jacqui Brown.

Uptown Blues

Tammy313

Once again, Brown brings his unique style to life from the electric opening number "Boogaloo," through the heartbreaking "Good as Gone," the title track "Uptown Blues," and the powerful "The Love I Need." "Somebody's Child," featuring Brown's wife, is hauntingly beautiful. The easy flow from one track to the next is reminiscent of a masterful poem. Another must add to any smooth jazz playlist.

About Paul Brown

Paul Brown's talents as producer/engineer have earned him two Grammy Awards and an impressive string of more than 40 number one hits on Radio & Records' smooth jazz chart. In an illustrious career spanning over two decades, Brown has worked on projects for such influential artists as George Benson, Al Jarreau, Kirk Whalum, Patti Austin, Norman Brown, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Euge Groove, Boney James, Rick Braun, and Peter White, among many others.

Born in Los Angeles to musician parents who sang with Mel Tormé, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presely, and many others, Brown started playing drums at age five and picked up his first guitar two years later. During high school, he played in various bands first began working as an assistant engineer in a studio when he was 15. After studying music and math at the University of Oregon, Brown returned to L.A. and began his rise to fame producing, composing and engineering for a bevy of artists from across the R&B, pop and contemporary jazz spectrum.

In 2004, Brown finally stepped out from behind the producer's chair and released Up Front on GRP, which was followed up by The City in 2005. He then recorded two albums for Concord with White Sand and Foreign Xchange. Signing with Woodward Avenue Records, Brown released 2012's Funky Joint and 2014's Truth B Told. In 2016, he delivered the bluesy, One Way Back, featuring guest appearances from Darren Rahn, Chris Standring, Chuck Loeb, and others.

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