Urban Dreams

Urban Dreams

by Urban Jazz Network
     
 

Earth, Wind & Fire was also a heavy influence on saxman/producer Ron Brown, who includes a memorable take of "Devotion" -- featuring original co-writer Sheldon Reynolds on vocals, guitar, and bass -- on Urban Dreams, the debut of Brown's hip-hop/funk-jazz project Urban Jazz Network featuringSee more details below

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Earth, Wind & Fire was also a heavy influence on saxman/producer Ron Brown, who includes a memorable take of "Devotion" -- featuring original co-writer Sheldon Reynolds on vocals, guitar, and bass -- on Urban Dreams, the debut of Brown's hip-hop/funk-jazz project Urban Jazz Network featuring superstars from the realms of smooth jazz (Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler) and straight-ahead (Kenny Garrett, Mulgrew Miller), as well as some of urban music's top session players. No doubt inspired by Ramsey Lewis' successful but less hard hitting Urban Knights gatherings, Brown functions as both lead voice and ringleader, depending on the style and tune. His soprano goes center stage for radio-friendly light funk pieces like "You and Me" and "Feel the Flow"; recognizing the strength of his guests, he switches to baritone to select his cues in between the explosive bebop action of Miller, Garrett, and trumpeter Patches Stewart on "Smiles for Miles." Brown also raps gently along with his soprano melody on the densely percussive retro-soul of "Roppongi Crossing," and creates a potent duality with Whalum on the soaring, organ driven blues-gospel piece "I Surrender All." Brown's apparent goal was to show all the ways modern R&B interacts with both pop and traditional jazz, a point driven home in sly fashion by rapper Isis on "All About Jazz," where she declares over a thumping quartet groove, "It's all about jazz with a little hip-hop mixed in."

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/1999
Label:
Noteworthy
UPC:
0783481990120
catalogNumber:
9901

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Urban Jazz Network   Primary Artist
Jonathan Butler   Guitar
Ronnie Foster   Keyboards
Alex Al   Bass
Dave Anderson   Drums
Ron Brown   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Rap
Larry Burns   Keyboards
Kenny Garrett   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Harry Kim   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Herman Matthews   Drums
Bill Maxwell   Drums
Eric McCaine   Percussion
Eric McKain   Percussion
Mulgrew Miller   Piano,Keyboards
Sheldon Reynolds   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Land Richards   Drums
Mark Ellis Stephens   Keyboards
Lloyd Tolbert   Keyboards
Kirk Whalum   Saxophone
Michael White   Drums
Michael "Patches" Stewart   Trumpet
Jinshi Ozaki   Guitar
Grant Nicholas   Piano,Keyboards
Dave Anderson   Drums

Technical Credits

Ralph Sutton   Engineer
Alex Al   Composer,Programming
Ron Brown   Producer,Engineer
Larry Burns   Programming
Sheldon Reynolds   Programming,Producer
Lloyd Tolbert   Composer,Programming
Kirk Whalum   Arranger,Producer
Ramón Bretón   Mastering
Grant Nicholas   Programming
Scott Francisco   Engineer
Ron Brown   Composer,Producer
Charles Sidnor   Composer

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