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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The funk-jazz guitarist's new two-album deal with Warner Bros. was definite cause for the title of his label debut, Celebration. His continued growth as a writer is clear, as the hooks of all nine originals stick immediately to the ears yet offer spaces for improvisations that sometimes border on his bebop days. "Together at Last" brings both worlds together, with Norman Brown building a strong melody by altering his Ibanez's high and low tones over a subtle, rising bed of horns before breaking for a crazy flurry of notes which jump beyond the melody. His cherished vocalese style marries perfectly with trademark warm, percolating string notes on "Out'a Nowhere," which ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The funk-jazz guitarist's new two-album deal with Warner Bros. was definite cause for the title of his label debut, Celebration. His continued growth as a writer is clear, as the hooks of all nine originals stick immediately to the ears yet offer spaces for improvisations that sometimes border on his bebop days. "Together at Last" brings both worlds together, with Norman Brown building a strong melody by altering his Ibanez's high and low tones over a subtle, rising bed of horns before breaking for a crazy flurry of notes which jump beyond the melody. His cherished vocalese style marries perfectly with trademark warm, percolating string notes on "Out'a Nowhere," which also throws a tonal twist into the mix; he'll begin a melody line on a happy high register and then conclude it on a tone so low it sounds like a bass. One of the benefits of his crossover success is working with two of the best possible producers in smooth jazz and R&B: Paul Brown and Oji Pierce Coolio, Montell Jordan. Paul Brown has had a tendency to make many of his cuts sound like Boney James' tunes, but on his five cuts here, he simply creates an atmosphere for Brown's own style and groove to come alive. His best contribution is the dreamy vibe behind the falling drops effect of the guitar on the ballad "Rain." The guitarist rises to Pierce's challenge to grow his lead vocal chops with a lush rendition of "You Make Me Feel Brand New" that rivals the Stylistics' original. Ironically, however, some of Celebration's best produced tracks are those Norman Brown did himself; on "Breaking Out," her surrounds his galloping guitar-voice tandem with the disc's most exotic percussion and soundscaping, including hypnotic drum and cymbal flourishes by Rayford Griffin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2000
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624790822
  • Catalog Number: 47908

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Out'a Nowhere (4:52)
  2. 2 Together at Last (5:05)
  3. 3 Paradise (4:25)
  4. 4 You Make Me Feel Brand New (5:47)
  5. 5 Celebration (4:24)
  6. 6 Getting By (4:54)
  7. 7 Rain (4:14)
  8. 8 Never Again (4:38)
  9. 9 Breaking Out (5:20)
  10. 10 It's Time for Love (4:37)
  11. 11 Stay Young (4:46)
  12. 12 Rain (4:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Norman Brown Primary Artist, Guitar, Trumpet, Vocals, scat
Vesta Williams Vocals
Tim Heintz Keyboards
David Torkanowsky Drums, Keyboards
Tim Owens Vocals, Background Vocals
Sue Ann Carwell Vocals, Background Vocals
Alex Al Bass, Drums
Rick Braun Trumpet
Paul Brown Drums
Lenny Castro Percussion
Lynne Fiddmont Background Vocals
Ray Griffin Drums
Dan Higgins Saxophone
Herman Jackson Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Munyungo Jackson Percussion
Larry Kimpel Bass
Oji Pierce Keyboards
Lil John Roberts Drums
Bridgette Fiddmont Vocals
Phajja Vocals
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
David Woods Drums, Keyboards
Mike Butler Vocals
Elder David Woods and True Gospel Ensemble Keyboards
Technical Credits
Jaco Pastorius Composer
Norman Brown Arranger, Producer, Contributor, Vocal Arrangements
Michael Vail Blum Producer, Engineer
Paul Brown Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Guy DeFazio Engineer
Lynne Fiddmont Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Jerry Hey Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Herman Jackson Programming, Producer
Brian Alexander Morgan Composer
Oji Pierce Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Matt Pierson Producer, Executive Producer
Bill Schnee Engineer
Erik Zobler Engineer
Don C. Tyler Mastering
David Woods Arranger
Jeremy Monroe Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Elder David Woods and True Gospel Ensemble Arranger
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