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One of the last of the great Mississippi guitar players, Mel Brown has remained rooted in the tradition. Son of the Jackson, Miss. Blues singer and guitarist, John Henry “Bubba” Brown, Mel started on the guitar at age 14, and by 19 he headed for Los Angeles to make it as a session man. His guitar playing appeared on a string of albums for the ABC-Bluesway, and Impulse! labels in the ‘60s and ‘70’s. During the 1980's Mel was a member of the house band at Antone's night club, in Austin, Texas, and toured with The Silent Partners. The Silent partners recorded one album, which is available from Antones Records. Mel Brown and the Homewreckers released their first album, “Live at Wally's” in the fall of 1998 which was recently re-released on the Electro-Fi label in 2002. In 2001, Mel Brown and the Homewreckers released "Neck Bones & Caviar" which was awarded the W.C. Handy Award for the "Best Comeback Album of the Year" and was also nominated for a Juno award for "Best Blues Album of the Year" in Canada. In addition to the work with the Homewreckers, Mel Brown has released a number of albums with Snooky Pryor including "Double Shot," "Snooky Pryor and the Mississippi Wrecking Crew," and most recently, the Snooky Pryor Live album, "Mojo Ramble" featuring Mel Brown and the Homewreckers. In January of 2004, Mel Brown was awarded the Maple Blues "Blues with a Feeling" (Toronto Blues Society Lifetime Acheivement) Award. Mel Brown released another solo album ”Homewreckin’ Done Live,” and in 2006 he released “Blues - A Beautiful Thing.” A DVD “Mel Brown The Blues, ” generated a lot of buzz, as well as an album with vocalist Miss Angel


Article: Building a Jazz Library

Impulse! Records: An Alternative Top 20 Zeitgeist Seizing Albums

Read "Impulse! Records: An Alternative Top 20 Zeitgeist Seizing Albums" reviewed by Chris May

There can be little argument that a jazz label ever captured a zeitgeist more completely than Impulse! did during its original 1960s incarnation. In the US, the fight back against white racism was cresting, opposition to the Vietnam war was growing, outrage over the assassinations of figures of hope such as President Kennedy, Martin Luther King ...


Article: Album Review

Charlie Porter: Charlie Porter

Read "Charlie Porter" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Trumpeter and composer Charlie Porter exhibits his innovative spirit and his brilliant musicianship on his self-titled debut as a leader. Working with a rotating cast of Portland (Oregon) area musicians, Porter performs ten of his originals and one cover with a refreshingly unique style and captivating spontaneity. Similar in concept to tenor saxophonist Benny ...


Article: Album Review

Gordon Lee with the Mel Brown Septet: Tuesday Night

Read "Tuesday Night" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For more than sixteen years, jazz fans in and around Portland, Oregon, have had the pleasure of seeing and hearing drummer Mel Brown's hard-blowing Jazz Messengers-style septet each Tuesday Night at Jimmy Mak's nightclub. Among its mainstays is pianist Gordon Lee who has been writing and arranging for the group almost since he enlisted shortly afterward ...

News: Award / Grant

Patrick Lamb to be Inducted Into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame

Patrick Lamb to be Inducted Into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame

Following his highly successful #5 Billboard Hit Single “Sweet Tea" and his latest chart climbing hit track, “Get Wid It," Funk/Soul/R&B/Jazz musician and song-writer Patrick Lamb was announced by the Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) as one of the inductees that will be honored at the 6th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony ...


News: Recording

Impulse! Records Introduces Newest Batch in 2-on-1 Series from Legendary Impulse! Artists

Impulse! Records Introduces Newest Batch in 2-on-1 Series from Legendary Impulse! Artists

Impulse!/Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) recently introduced the second batch of its 2-On-1 series. Each CD features two classic albums from some of Impulse! Records' legendary jazz and blues artists. Included in this first batch are releases from Alice Coltrane, Blue Mitchell, Charles Mingus, Chico Hamilton, Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, Howard Roberts, John Handy, Keith Jarrett, Marion ...


News: Performance / Tour

Patrick Lamb, Tyrone Hendrix, Nate Watts & Friends to Perform Tribute to Stevie Wonder, February 17

Patrick Lamb, Tyrone Hendrix, Nate Watts & Friends to Perform Tribute to Stevie Wonder, February 17

Portland¹s very own Patrick Lamb and Stevie Wonder band drummer Tyrone Hendrix are co-producing a Stevie Wonder tribute concert, Livin' for the City, with two shows (7:30 pm and 10:00 pm) on Friday, February 17, 2012 at Jimmy Mak¹s (221 NW 10th Avenue; Portland, OR). Sponsors include The Benson Hotel, Joe Kassab Jewelers and Melvin Broadous ...


The Wizard / Blues For We

Label: Concord Jazz
Released: 2011


Article: Extended Analysis

Jessica Williams: Freedom Trane

Read "Jessica Williams: Freedom Trane" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Jessica WilliamsFreedom TraneOrigin Records2011 Jessica Williams, one of our top jazz pianists, has evolved since she tossed the record company expectations and jazz games out the window into the thorny rose bushes, and sought out her own way, and found it, via the establishment of her own ...


Article: Album Review

Najee: Mind Over Matter

Read "Mind Over Matter" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

A fixture on smooth jazz radio since his debut album Najee's Theme (EMI, 1986), at this point in his career Najee is more consistent than innovative. He's a worthy inheritor of the title Grover Washington Jr., held as master saxophonist of the genre but, with a few rare exceptions such as Songs From the Key of ...


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