music artist wants a No. 1 hit because of resulting notoriety
and commercial success. Sometimes such a mega hit can also
become a curse, if one is identified as a musician only with
this hit. This is what happened to trumpeter Tom Browne, who
landed a monster hit with his song Funkin' For Jamaica,
which took the top spot in the charts for over a month and
remained in indelible memory for an entire generation of disco
With the starter Shake Tom jumps into the center of the musical action and makes pressure with percussively loaded bass driven background. The trumpet comes off well with an amazing eloquence. Joyce gets into this point and gives the song yet more dynamics. Even though there are certain performance limits on the high notes, the overall package is exceptionally convincing and makes you curious about the other songs.
The swinging Just Work impresses with ultra-harmonic trumpet sounds, into which the title refrain is incorporated as a rhythmic element. Saxophonist Mike Parlett joins the party as another brass element, underscoring the master's cool sequences. John Handy's Hard Work could have been the inspiration for this song.
Mi Amor gives the ingratiator for the tender joint dance. With The Groove Line, Tom harkens back to his earlier days, but focusing more on melodic atmosphere than dynamic rhythm. The slow tempo Vibin' With You is joined by keyboardist Gail Jhonson. The piece is clearly structured, starting with Tom's trumpet solo, followed by a sax solo by Mike Parlett.
The Bossa Nova piece I Believe gives Joyce more freedom to unfold her mesmerizing voice. The fact that a Christmas carol like Angels We Have Heard on High follows afterwards causes some astonishment. With an upbeat rhythm and Tom's trumpet the entire experience becomes enjoyable.
Tom Browne's Come What May has two excellent smash hits in the form of Shake and Just Work. I would have liked more in this style. But the title of the album has already indicated it, you have to tune in to what the artist personally prefers.
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Title: Come What May
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Title: Come What May