Norman Brown is an American smooth jazz guitarist and singer. Brown's style is contemporary, with a soul-jazz rhythmic storytelling vibe. His interest in guitar began at age eight, after discovering his brother's acoustic six-string. Brown's own take on the perfect getaway involves "a joyful and peaceful mental state, surrounded by companionship in an atmosphere of inspiration and beauty that is illustrated by the colors of nature." Each song delivers the genius of Brown's playing while giving attention to the fusion of jazz, r'n'b, pop and blues on the ten track album.
"Back At Ya" has a nice upbeat tempo with a smooth jazz guitar lead. It features an outstanding collaboration of soprano saxophone by Greg Vail, creating a melodic groove. Percussion and keyboards are in sync. "Let's Get Away" is a soul jazz collaboration between Brown and multi- instrumentalist, Grammy nominated producer and artist Wirlie Morris, with keyboards and vocals performed by Morris. In "Wes Side Story," Brown pays tribute to American Jazz guitarist John Leslie Wes Montgomery who was a musical influence on Brown's life. Brown displays his ability to pluck his own six-string guitar creating his own sound like his mentor Montgomery. In "L.A. Chill," Brown goes on a Los Angeles journey of rhythm guitar, with a jazzy bridge featuring horns and bass keeping a steady background groove, "Late Night Drive" delivers a joyful guitar melody over a steady thumping beat from keyboardist Gerald McCauley on this late night ride. "I Won't Hurt You" is a rhythm and blues funk track which features vocalist James Champion. "Down Here On The Ground" is a soft melodic romantic ballad from Brown over a smooth rhythm section. "Easy Livin'" is a fun track with a rhythm and blues soulful beat. The rhythm guitar tells a story of being alive and carefree. "Talk It Out" has a smooth jazzy groove with an accommodating horn section which features Ron King on trumpet and Greg Vail on saxophone.
Back At Ya, Let's Get Away, Easy Lovin', Down
Here On The Ground, L.A. Chill, Talk It Out,
Side Story, Late Night Drive, I Won't Hurt You,
Sunset On Chandler
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