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The Los Cabos Jazz Experience 2018

Read "The Los Cabos Jazz Experience 2018" reviewed by Wendy Ross

Life Luxe Jazz -The Los Cabos Jazz Experience Norman Brown, Boney James, et al. Los Cabos, Baja California, Sur, Mexico November 1-4, 2018 Life Luxe Jazz -The Los Cabos, Jazz Experience took place at the Pueblo Bonita Pacifica Golf and Spa Resort November 1-4. The first annual Life Luxe Jazz Festival flourished under the beneficence of the Mexican sun, as it grooved into life. The cradle of limitless sand, and sea with the subtle ...

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Norman Brown: Sending My Love

Read "Sending My Love" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Whether to military troops overseas, family members or fans, guitarist Norman Brown has plenty of love to give. And he shows it with Sending My Love. Brown is a Grammy Award winner who has played guitar since the age of 8. Drawing inspiration from Jimi Hendrix and Wes Montgomery, and often compared to George Benson, Brown has worked with a number of smooth jazz luminaries, including Paul Brown, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Mitch Forman and Michael Manson.

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Norman Brown: Stay With Me

Read "Stay With Me" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Often when Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum and Rick Braun appear on one anothers' albums, the collaboration makes for the best track on the release. That's mainly because three lead instruments are generally better than one. However, that isn't necessarily the case with Brown's Stay With Me. Brown, a guitarist and vocalist who sings as well as scats, is in that niche where smooth jazz meets R&B, old-school soul and a bit of pop. The Grammy-winning artist was ...

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Norman Brown: West Coast Coolin

Read "West Coast Coolin" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Norman Brown plays rhythm & blues that's more rhythm than blues and more truthfully jazz-pop than anything else.

The guitarist's previous album, Just Chillin', was largely produced by James Poyser and Viktor Dupliax--hit-makers for Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, Jill Scott, and Macy Gray--and claimed the 2002 Grammy® for Best Pop Instrumental recording. The pair returns to helm Coolin'. But while Chillin' featured a stellar galaxy of guest vocalists (Miki Howard, Chante Moore, Michael McDonald), Brown jumps on the Coolin' ...

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Norman Brown: West Coast Coolin'

Read "West Coast Coolin'" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Norman Brown knows how to chill. And he has a way of making you chill right along with him.The guitarist/vocalist is a master of the laid-back groove, successfully bringing together elements of smooth jazz and contemporary R&B. On West Coast Coolin' , Brown consolidates his reputation as a premier recording and performing artist with a collection of ten tracks--written and co-written by the leader--that push the idea of “chillin'" to new heights.While Brown's scatting has drawn ...


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