||Paul (Producer Brown / Engineer)|
Funky Joint CD (2012)
Woodward Avenue music 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 ...