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Derek Brown

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Crossing genres from jazz to classical to funk, saxophone innovator Derek Brown’s unique playing style, using creative, new “beatbox-like” techniques, has wowed audiences across the globe. Previously the director of jazz studies at Abilene Christian University for the last six years, Derek now lives and performs in Chicago, USA, playing in various bands and projects around the area and throughout the world. His recent BEATBoX SAX music videos and weekly tutorials on YouTube have been very popular among saxophonists and music lovers alike, leading to endorsements with Legere, JodyJazz, P.Mauriat, BG, and AMT

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Article: Album Review

Derek Brown: All Figured Out

Read "All Figured Out" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Tenor player Derek Brown has made a name for himself with a concept called “BEATBoX SAX," a method of playing saxophone in a continuous stream of pops, honks, melody and slap-tonguing that comes out like a hip-hop variation on Boots Randolph's old novelty tune. “Yakety Sax." He has put several videos on YouTube of him doing ...

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Symbiosis

Label: Ear Up Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Chunk; The Belly Craw; Up Jump; Roundabout; The Mirage; The Mess Around; Somewhere I Can't Recall.

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All Figured Out

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Prelude; Human Error; Again; A Simple Gesture; Vantage Point; All Figured Out; The Pursuit; Hoping for the Best; The Good Fight.

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Article: Year in Review

Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Geno Thackara


However strange the year has gotten, the urge to create clearly hasn't lessened at all--either that or the circumstances have left us more appreciative of art where we find it. Most likely it's some of both. Whatever the case may be, 2020 has still seen no shortage of musical treats good for the soul.

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Article: Album Review

Derek Brown and The Holland Concert Jazz Orchestra: All Figured Out

Read "All Figured Out" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Whatever you imagine when you think of big bands, it's nothing quite like this. While Derek Brown can ably channel the snappy spirit of golden-age jazz--and certainly does here, with happy hard-swinging results--his spirit in composing and bandleading could not be more thoroughly modern. The same can be said of his approach to his instrument, as ...

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Article: Album Review

Derek Brown: All Figured Out

Read "All Figured Out" reviewed by Robin B James


The recommended first exposure to this guy originally from Alma, Michigan, saxophonist Derek Brown, is through YouTube. His solo adventures and small ensemble numbers (mostly duets) are great fun. He has a very playful spirit and complicated sense of humor. He likes to play in acoustically interesting places which range from creepy but beautifully lit old ...

Article: Live Review

Salvador Sobral Quartet al Crossroads Reloaded Festival 2020

Read "Salvador Sobral Quartet al Crossroads Reloaded Festival 2020" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Salvador Sobral Quartet Cortile del Palazzo dei Principi Crossroads Reloaded 2020 Correggio 1.8.2020 Il cortile rinascimentale del Palazzo dei Principi di Correggio diventa lo scenario del primo concerto in Italia del cantautore lusitano Salvador Sobral, accompagnato sul palco dal pianista Max Agnas, dal contrabbassista André Rosinha e dal batterista ...

Album

FiftyFifty

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: FiftyFifty; Dyakuyu; Funny How; The Jackalope (with Jeff Coffin); Ain't No Sunshine; Empathique (with Keith Harris); Ask Not (with Duo Ostinato); I Do; Run Away; Bridge Over Troubled Water (with Rachel Brown); The Single Petal of a Rose; Half and Half; Pochemuchka; Brother (with Jeff Coffin); America: The Beautiful Collaboration (with 50+ US saxophonists)

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BEATBoX SAX

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: Catch "Em Up; Cello Suite No. 1: Every Breath You Take; The People's Tune; Can't Help Falling In Love; What Is Love?; Chameleon; Human Error; Blueberry Jam; Air On A G String; Stand By Me; Uptown Funk; I Got Rhythm; Baby.


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