Up Front

Up Front

4.5 2
by Paul Brown
     
 

Known in the music industry as the "Babyface of Smooth Jazz" due to his enormous success as a top-ranked producer/composer/arranger/engineer for some of contemporary jazz's most recognized talent, Paul Brown steps Up Front with his debut for GRP Records. The Grammy award-winning producer, who has had over 38 Number One hits on the smooth jazz charts offers hisSee more details below

Overview

Known in the music industry as the "Babyface of Smooth Jazz" due to his enormous success as a top-ranked producer/composer/arranger/engineer for some of contemporary jazz's most recognized talent, Paul Brown steps Up Front with his debut for GRP Records. The Grammy award-winning producer, who has had over 38 Number One hits on the smooth jazz charts offers his solo perspective with special guests Rick Braun, Boney James, Chuck Loeb, Jeff Lorber, and Peter White. Additional production from Jeff Carruthers, Jerry Hey, and many others support the style-guru's interpretations that listeners have come to appreciate. Brown's vocals and smooth jazz guitar offer listeners a winning combination of original songs and great covers that have style, control, that excellent smooth jazz pitch, and a wonderful sense of rhythm. With "Wes Coast Swing," you'll hear Brown with Jeff Lorber on vibraphone playing a breezy blend of shimmery vibes/keyboards and swinging guitar. Brown changes the mood with "My Funny Valentine," and offers a beautiful duet with Peter White, who's playing nylon-string guitar over a percolating Latinesque backbeat. "Phat City," one of two songs co-written with Jeff Carruthers, gives you a soulful, head bobbing, multi-hued feeling. This song features the dynamic Boney James on saxophone doing what he does best. But the writers do a 360 degree turn with their radio hit "24/7," that features the cool muted trumpet of Rick Braun, and more than one reason to head to the dancefloor. "Dear Ndugu," is a quiet ballad and obvious tribute to the great drummer and educator Ndugu Chancler. The set closes with the Van Morrison hit "Moondance," and Paul Brown gives it that same enduring smooth jazz essence, with right-on vocals and superb guitar magic. With Up Front, Paul Brown gives listeners 12 excellent reasons to add this to their contemporary jazz collection.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2004
Label:
Grp Records
UPC:
0602498611609
catalogNumber:
000153102

Tracks

Read More

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Brown   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Ride Cymbal,Finger Snapping
Peter White   Guitar (Nylon String),Guest Appearance
Jeff Lorber   Vibes,Guest Appearance
Boney James   Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Rick Braun   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Johnny Britt   Keyboards
Jeff Carruthers   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Drums,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,wah wah guitar
Kurt Clayton   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
D.C.   Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Vocoder,Analogue Synthesizer
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Chuck Loeb   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Bill Schnee   Horn Engineer
Roberto Vally   Bass,Keyboards
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Cam   Bass,Drums,Horn,Keyboards
Larry E. Williams   Flute,Keyboards,Saxophone

Technical Credits

James Taylor   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Wes Montgomery   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Johnny Britt   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Paul Brown   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Jeff Carruthers   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Kurt Clayton   Arranger
D.C.   Arranger,Programming,Engineer,Digital Editing,drum programming
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Chuck Loeb   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Stephen Marcussen   Mastering
Van Morrison   Composer
Roberto Vally   Arranger
Stewart Whitmore   Digital Editing
Donna Ranieri   Photo Production
Hollis King   Art Direction
Gerald McCauley   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Cam   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Spring Cooper   Groomer
Dragan Capor   Composer

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >