Tom Browne - The Tom Browne
best-of-album was overdue. My first contact to Tom's music was in
1980, when his legendary "Funkin' For Jamaica" was
overflowing all charts and clubs and all dancers get crazy about its
phat groove. Recently a new version of this song was released by
Bob Baldwin on his album "BobBaldwin.com". More about this
title is to find on Bob's website Funkinforjamaica.com.
The bubbling bass on this
track would later become a favorite among samplers. The worth of this
timeless track is mirrored on the upcoming album "The Tom Browne
For Jamaica" in the orginal version is the starter. Since
a long time Tom Browne is one of Hip Bop Records famous artists. So
it's obviously that this collection showcases his works for this label
and his collaborations with other label mates.
is a funk-fusion-rap tune from Tom's album "Mo' Jamaika
Funk", which was released in 1994. Further artists playing on
this record are Marcus Miller, Najee,Toni Smith and Bernard Wright.
A real turnaround is the next very
mellow tune Someday We'll All Be Free.
This cover of a Donny Hathaway song is featuring the remarkable Dianne
Reeves. The tune was released on Tom Brown's album "R 'N'
Browne" (1999), a real Smooth Jazz /R&B highlight. The album
contains covers of hits of the 70's to 90's as "Joy and
Pain", "Juicy Fruit" or "Un Break my Heart".
Man was released on "Urbanator" (1994). The name of
this fusion album was created by the Polish violinist Michael Urbaniak,
who initiated the Hip Bop Records history. Read more about it at http://www.hipboprecords.com/hipbop.htm.
The artists on this album are a who is who of the fusion jazz scene:
Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, Lenny White, Bernard Wright, Randy
Brecker, Kenny Garret, Marcus Miller to name a few.
You can take it word-for-word, the
title In A Sentimental Mood. A slowtempo
trumpet tune accompanied solely by Larry Goldings acoustic piano and
Ron Carter's acoustic bass. This tune was taken from Tom's second Hip
Bop Records album "Another Shade Of Browne". This album is
unique, cause Tom Brown, who hasn't played jazz music since he left
GRP, returned to his roots and released a pure straight-ahead jazz
album, which was even highly acclaimed by Scott
Yanow. This tune is a cover of a Duke Ellington classic.
Loves The Sunshine is Roy Ayers' quintessential song from the
mid-'70s, which was covered in innumerable versions. Originally
released on Roy's same-titled album in 1976, one can listen to an
interesting rap-cover taken from "Mo' Jamaika Funk".
is a landmark composition of Miles Davis, the grandmaster played in on
his outstanding album "Kind Of Blue" (1959). The tune is
taken from Urbanator II (1996), which is exposed as an avant-garde or
fusion album. But one can count this album more to the contemporary
jazz genre with strong urban contemporary elements. Sample the album
Dance is taken from "Essence
of Funk" (1995), revealing Tom Browne 's breathtaking chops as a
jazz player. This album is a Hard Bop revival of tunes of the '60s,
initiated by Lenny White.
More fusion jazz is to hear on First
Flight from "Urbanator". This tune doesn't fullfill a
Friends Are Fore from "Mo' Jamaika Funk" is a Burt
Bacharach classic, which was alienated in an unbelievable way. You
should compare this song to the original. Anyway you will like Tom's
Un Break My
Heart, a romantic cover of Dianne Warren's earlier hit, keeps
the mood of the orginal. Chieli
Minucci (Special EFX) is playing the acoustic guitar. But this is
more Tom's trumpet solo part.
Back from Smooth Jazz to straight
ahead jazz jumps Philly Twist, an uptempo
hard bop tune from "Another Shade Of Browne".
Finally a rap: Bluesanova
(Browne-Town-Mix). This tune from "Another Shade Of Browne"
was remixed especially for this collection.
This album is designed as an
overview about Tom Browne's contemporary work of the last decade. It
is as multifaceted as his above mentioned albums. For those which are
not familiar with his music not an easy approach. This album is not an
album for jazz purists, neither from the straight ahead nor from the
smooth jazz side. But this collection is unique and therefore will be
kept in mind.