Brown aka Demitris Edwards Brown was born in Detroit, Michigan. In his
youth he was exposed to jazz and r&b. These influences and artists
such as George Benson and Wes Montgomery formed him to the great
guitar player Dee Brown. His first band was called "One
Wish" consisting of three singers. Dee was the tenor
singer. After this project in the r&b genre Dee stepped into
smooth jazz with a collaboration joining sax player Gentry Shelby
("Shelby Brown") on the album
"No Time To Waste" is his debut album
(2006). Dee's crew are Gerald Mitchell (piano, keyboard, drum
programming), Dezie McCullers Jr. (tenor sax) and Dave Henderson
(bass), furthermore on some tracks Raphael Merriweather Jr. (drums),
Reginald B. Williams Jr., Asha Williams (vocals). Dee was supported by
producer Gerald Mitchell, his long time friend and member of the group
Los Hermanos. This album is like "Miracle" mostly
instrumental with Dee's guitar in the lime light.
The album starts with Blue Street. Don't
await a track like Joe Zawinul's "Brown Street". We are
certainly on the platform of smooth jazz. Gerald Mitchell's keyboards
intro is excellent and together with Dee Brown's guitar playing and
the outstanding Dezie McCullers Jr. on tenor sax one
receives a perfect first impression.
After a short phone call - Answer The Message
- often to hear from the first r&b albums of the 80`s to the
contemporary music and a magnificent short intro - - we approach No
Time To Waste. This tune is a
mixture of r&b and smooth jazz, vocals with noblesse enriched with
a superb asset of guitar, keyboards and sax.
Confessions is a tune with a funky
accentuated uptempo beat. Dee Brown showcases more of his impressive
guitar mastership. Gerald Mitchell's arrangement refined with Dezie
McCullers Jr.'s tenor sax is a delicious piece of smooth jazz.
Sunday Jazz is featuring Audra Bryant
(not Audra Phillips as written in the liner notes of the CD). Audra
Bryant is best known by several jazz projects like "The House of
Urban Grooves" (aka T.H.U.G. Jazz) and "Def Jazz"
(Hidden Beach Records). She deserves an own album, a blessed voice.
Dee Brown's Place is the musical picture of a
jazz café where musicians are jamming together. Imagine a relaxed
Together As One is first of all a long
interlude to the following tune. But it also shows the professionalism
of Gerald Mitchell (keyboards) and Dee Brown (guitar). They create
with some tones a tight atmosphere.
Before I Began is settled on the interface
between smooth jazz and r&b. This is the concept one already could
observe on many records of Hidden Beach Records, very attractive and
Dee Brown and Dezie McCullers Jr.
are Reunited in an awesome duet of guitar and sax.
One also finds some Latin flavor on this album. El
Spanyo reveals that Dee Brown also masters the Spanish school of
guitar performance. Gerald and Dee deliver a
breathtaking firework of tones.
The ballade Wings Of Love is featuring the
lead vocals Reginald B. Williams Jr. and Asha Williams. This ballade
stands in direct contrast to the following funky and uptempo Call
Me Up. Both songs are standing in the tradition of r&b. Melody
and song arrangements remind me at good old Motown Records time. But
there is a certain instrumental refinement which makes these songs
The last tune Beautiful Melodic is not the
final curtain. Let your CD-player run to the reprise of Wings Of
Love and Call Me Up.
It's the mesmerizing fusion of smooth jazz and r&b which makes No
Time To Waste so irresistible. A perfect start for a high-talented
- Dee Brown - Website
- Buy the album at
- Title: No Time To Waste
Artist: Dee Brown
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: DéLaf Records
01 Blue Street [3:39]
02 Answer The Message [0:36]
03 No Time To Waste (Intro) [0:20]
04 No Time To Waste [4:05]
05 Confessions [4:14]
06 Sunday Jazz [4:16]
07 Dee Brown's Place [4:08]
08 Together As One [1:38]
09 Before I Began [4:37]
10 Reunited [3:55]
11 El Spanyo [4:49]
12 Wings Of Love [4:01]
13 Call Me Up [3:40]
14 Beautiful Melodic [14:01]