White Sand

White Sand

by Paul Brown
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Overview

White Sand

Smooth jazz producer, arranger, and songwriter Paul Brown made the transition to recording artist with 2004's Up Front, which, like its successor, 2005's The City, was a Top Ten hit on the Contemporary Jazz chart. With a switch from GRP to Peak Records, Brown should continue his popular ways with his third solo album White Sand. He has enlisted more guests than usual this time, to the point that the disc is practically one of those "and friends" duets collections. Al Jarreau sings on "Make Me Feel So Good," Bobby Caldwell on a cover of "Mercy Mercy Mercy," and Lina on a cover of "I Say a Little Prayer." Among the star instrumentalists, Boney James is heard on "Ol' Skoolin'," David Benoit on "R 'n' B Bump," Euge Groove on "More or Less Paul," Rick Braun on "Mr. Cool," and saxophone newcomer Jessy J on the title track. The guests simply augment the contributions of the leader, however; Brown's guitar is a dominant instrument, and he has a vocal on a cover of "For What It's Worth." As the familiar titles indicate, he has taken inspiration from the '60s, but his rhythm tracks often have a current hip-hop sound, and the well-known lyrics and melodies will only serve to make the album more palatable for radio. Brown isn't interested in making any changes to smooth jazz except the occasional tweak to keep it sounding current, and this is another album that will please his own fans, and fans of the guest artists (whose discs were sometimes produced by him).

Product Details

Release Date: 02/27/2007
Label: Peak Records
UPC: 0888072301474
catalogNumber: 30147
Rank: 71021

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Brown   Primary Artist
Jarreau   Vocals,Track Performer
Jeff Lorber   Organ
Kiki Ebsen   Piano
Boney James   Saxophone,Track Performer
Alex Al   Bass
David Benoit   Piano,Track Performer
Rick Braun   Trumpet,Track Performer
Jeff Carruthers   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Strings,Drums,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Moog Bass
Roberto Vally   Bass
Impromp2   Horn
Forman   Wurlitzer
Joe Wolf   Keyboards
Gerald McCauley   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Dave Palmer   Drums
Dave Beyer   Percussion,Drums
Euge Groove   Saxophone
Bobby English   Saxophone
Blake Aaron   Bass,Keyboards
Mike Ballard   Keyboards
Paul Rayner-Brown   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Track Performer
Jessy J   Horn,Saxophone,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jarreau   Composer
Steve Stills   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Joe Zawinul   Composer
Paul Brown   Composer
Jeff Carruthers   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Hal David   Composer
Mark Wexler   Executive Producer
Erik Zobler   Engineer
Impromp2   Horn Arrangements
Joe Wolf   Composer,drum programming
Andi Howard   Executive Producer
Gerald McCauley   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Bobby English   Composer
Blake Aaron   Composer,drum programming
Mike Ballard   Arranger,Composer,drum programming
Paul Rayner-Brown   Producer,Engineer
Gail Fisher   Composer

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