PAUL BROWN, THE FUNKY JOINT


Guitarist Paul Brown is a well-known producer with a golden touch, and he’s supplied most of the biggest names in contemporary jazz (George Benson, Al Jarreau) with the melodies and pop grooves that inevitably lift their sales and profiles. As a solo artist -- this is his sixth record -- Brown cooks up a strong set list for “The Funky Joint,” (Woodward Avenue Records) concentrating his formidable skills to make a relaxed, soulful recording brimming with indelible hooks and glossy fret work. Guest contributions from saxophonist Boney James and (unrelated) pianist Bob James provide their upscale signature touches, but it’s the understated collaboration with guitarist Marc Antoine (“On A Clear Day”) and keyboardist Marco Basci (“Montreaux”) that gives “Joint” its plush vibe. Other pluses include the shrewd horn section at play on the title tune, a cooled-out rhythm track that makes “Say It Like It Is” click, and Brown’s own blues-drenched vocal on “I Get A Feeling.” (10 tracks; 39:27 minutes)

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JAZZ IN SPACE: PAUL BROWN, THE FUNKY JOINT

Friday, February 24, 2012

PAUL BROWN, THE FUNKY JOINT


Guitarist Paul Brown is a well-known producer with a golden touch, and he’s supplied most of the biggest names in contemporary jazz (George Benson, Al Jarreau) with the melodies and pop grooves that inevitably lift their sales and profiles. As a solo artist -- this is his sixth record -- Brown cooks up a strong set list for “The Funky Joint,” (Woodward Avenue Records) concentrating his formidable skills to make a relaxed, soulful recording brimming with indelible hooks and glossy fret work. Guest contributions from saxophonist Boney James and (unrelated) pianist Bob James provide their upscale signature touches, but it’s the understated collaboration with guitarist Marc Antoine (“On A Clear Day”) and keyboardist Marco Basci (“Montreaux”) that gives “Joint” its plush vibe. Other pluses include the shrewd horn section at play on the title tune, a cooled-out rhythm track that makes “Say It Like It Is” click, and Brown’s own blues-drenched vocal on “I Get A Feeling.” (10 tracks; 39:27 minutes)

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