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West Coast Coolin'
     

West Coast Coolin'

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by Norman Brown
 

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Norman Brown issues his third Warner Bros. date in the last five years, and goes far deeper into adult urban soul by showcasing himself as a vocalist in addition to his prodigious groove jazz guitar chops. Brown works with a host of producers, and his familiar smooth jazz underpinnings -- derived more from George Benson and

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Norman Brown issues his third Warner Bros. date in the last five years, and goes far deeper into adult urban soul by showcasing himself as a vocalist in addition to his prodigious groove jazz guitar chops. Brown works with a host of producers, and his familiar smooth jazz underpinnings -- derived more from George Benson and Hiram Bullock than Wes Montgomery these days -- are present but not prevalent on most of the set. Instead, his slick nu-soul
u-jazz singing style -- identified by a thin whispery tenor -- gets front and center on more than half the album's ten cuts. There's nothing wrong with this per se, but given how carefully crafted for radio this disc is, there are no surprises whatsoever; it's all safe, polished, and predictable. The highlights are the title track with its spidery groove and laid-back funky rhythm, the slippery hip-hop of "Come Over," and an inspired cover of "What's Goin' On."

Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/2004
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0093624871323
catalogNumber:
48713
Rank:
10935

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Norman Brown   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Alex Al   Bass,Bass Guitar
Michael Bland   Drums
Luis Conte   Percussion
Brian Culbertson   Keyboards
Jerry Hey   Flugelhorn
Dan Higgins   Flute,Saxophone
Herman Jackson   Keyboards
Arno Lucas   Percussion
Pino Palladino   Bass,Bass Guitar
James Poyser   Drums,Keyboards
Kevin Ricard   Percussion
Lil John Roberts   Drums
Reggie Young   Trombone
Wirlie Morris   Keyboards
Stephen Lu   Keyboards
Thaddeus T. Tribbett   Bass
Elder David Woods and True Gospel Ensemble   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Chalmers "Spanky" Alford   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Lynne Fiddmont-Linsey   Vocals

Technical Credits

Norman Brown   Composer
Renaldo Benson   Composer
Michael Vail Blum   Engineer
Christopher Bolden   Composer,Programming,Engineer,drum programming
Paul Brown   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Brian Culbertson   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Timothy Day   Engineer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Herman Jackson   Arranger,Producer
Pino Palladino   Composer
James Poyser   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Erik Zobler   Engineer
Jay Dee   Producer
Eric Benét   Composer
Malik Pendleton   Composer,Producer
Wirlie Morris   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Stephen Lu   Composer,Programming
DC   Programming
Gregory Muntana Gilmer   Art Direction
Vikter Duplaix   Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Elder David Woods and True Gospel Ensemble   drum programming
Ryan Moys   Engineer
Chalmers "Spanky" Alford   Composer
Brian Hearity   Engineer
James Yancey   Composer
Kevin KD Davis   Engineer

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