BWB is named after the
musicians Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown. Their first
co-operation Groovin' was released in 2002 on Warner
Brothers. With their sophomore effort Human
Nature (2013) they reunited on
Heads Up Music to do a Michael
Jackson songbook. Their third strike is aptly entitled BWB
and released in 2016 on Mack Avenue Records.
The formation is joined on selected tracks by Hamilton Hardin and
Herman Jackson (keyboards), Braylon Lacey
and Nathaniel Kearney Jr. (bass), Third Richardson and Gordon
Campbell (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion), Demille Cole-Heard
(vocals) and Ralph Lofton (Hammond B3). The new album is the result
in Braun's suburban Los Angeles-area home studio where the band
moved in with their families and lived together for an entire week.
The recorded songs are without any exception own creations, masterly
produced by Rick Braun. Triple Dare starts the album with
an horn arrangement inspired by The Crusader's Streetlife.
Bust A Move brings the funky vibe into the session. Instead
of covers like on the trio's debut album, they showcase their
personal prowess on this party burner.
The title song sees the group in an effortless going jammin'
in the spirit of Bob Marley. Bolly Bop surprise the
audience with Indian influenced sound. Tablas and sitar rule. A
fresh approach to West Coast smooth jazz.
Romance lives on I Want You Girl. Mellifluous harmonies are
melting in your ears. Listen to the trio on the summit of their
artistry. Lemonade with a twist. Insiders will remember the
legendary lemonade weekend with the late Bruce Nazarian. Take this
song as a tribute.
Waking up on a sunny Sunday morning. The scent of warm bread rolls
reaches you, the sun's rays tickle your nose and the world is in
order. That is the time for Memphis Steppin'. Hey Baby
Demille Cole-Heard, whose sonorous voice is limited to the repetition
of the refrain. At the golden center of the piece however floats a
sophisticated horn arrangement.
Guitar, trumpet and sax are also the triumvirate of North Star.
Perfectionism at work. When joy and James Brown mingle, then this is
The supergroup BWB returns with sonic power. Their third album BWB is
more than the sum of three professional musicians. A fireworks of
ecstasy and inventiveness.