Funky Joint

Funky Joint

by Paul Brown
     
 

One of the challenges of being a mega-successful producer and artist whose talents run deeper and more diverse than what you're known for is trying to find a few spots to showcase that deeper soul in the midst of the in the pocket stuff fans and record labels expect. No surprise that Brown's inviting his favorite musicians and fans to enter aSee more details below

Overview

One of the challenges of being a mega-successful producer and artist whose talents run deeper and more diverse than what you're known for is trying to find a few spots to showcase that deeper soul in the midst of the in the pocket stuff fans and record labels expect. No surprise that Brown's inviting his favorite musicians and fans to enter a realm called The Funky Joint on his sixth solo CD. He's been making smooth jazz funkier and more dynamic for years, scoring over 50 number one radio hits for genre stars like Boney James, Euge Groove, George Benson, Norman Brown, and Larry Carlton. From the mid-2000s on, he's scored his own share of solo hits as a grooving, old-school leaning electric guitarist. He lays the foundation of this infectious, well played set with crisply rendered tunes like the retro-flavored, easy grooving title track (colored beautifully by the rising sparks of the Jerry Hey horns) and the balmy meditation "Say It Like It Is." He shines an ample spotlight on some brilliant collaborators, from newcomer Jonathan Fritzen ("Tuff Times") to saxmen Euge Groove (who enters the party better late than never on the silky and sensual "From the Ground Up"), and Darren Rahn (the power ballad "Ya Dig"). There's more creative jazz spark, however, on the numbers he does with Boney James and Marc Antoine (the Stanley Turrentine-flavored "As Clear as Day") and keyboard legend Bob James (whose cool runs play off Brown's energetic strumming on "Backstage Pass"). But the emotional centerpieces that transcend all the cool funk and jazz are the tracks where Brown digs deeper into blues and complements his guitar lines with his increasingly emotional lead vocals. "Love Don't Come EZ" tells us how to make love work, and the simmering closer "I Get a Feeling" takes the guitarist's artistry to a realm previous jazz
ock/blues efforts have paved the way for. The fact that Brown earned a nomination for "Best Vocalist" at the 2011 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards (where he had the chance to sit in with Carlton) speaks volumes about his ability to create richly emotional songs in a multitude of ways. The joint is funky, but the blues is where Brown's heart is.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2012
Label:
Woodward Avenue Rec
UPC:
0884501665933
catalogNumber:
201201
Rank:
57353

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Brown   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Bob Baldwin   Keyboards
Bob James   Piano
Boney James   Saxophone
Jeff Carruthers   Bass,Drums,Keyboards,Wah Wah Pedal
Tommy Kay   Guitar (Nylon String)
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Jeff Lewis   Trumpet
Roberto Vally   Bass
Marc Antoine   Guitar (Nylon String)
Sergio Gonzales   Drums
Victor Cisneros   Saxophone
Marco Basci   Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Euge Groove   Saxophone
Dax Reynosa   Background Vocals
Darren Rahn   Saxophone
Bryant Siono   Bass
Jonathan Fritzén   Piano
M.B. Gordy   Drums
Charles Streeter   Drums

Technical Credits

Bob Baldwin   Composer
Bob James   Composer
Boney James   Composer
Paul Brown   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Jeff Carruthers   Composer,Producer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Roberto Vally   Composer
Johnny "Guitar" Watson   Composer
Marc Antoine   Composer
Marco Basci   Composer
Dax Reynosa   Composer
Thomas Klemperer   Composer
James Silvera   Artwork
Mark C. Nordman   Executive Producer

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