Michael Jackson throws after his death still a
powerful shadow. After Bob Baldwin's tribute album Never Can Say
Goodbye three further giants of smooth jazz present their very
own homage Human Nature (2013). 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 they reunited to do a Michael
The formation is joined by John Stoddart (keyboards), Braylon Lacey
(bass), Khari Parker (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion) and Ralph
Lofton (organ). To do an album of just covers carries some risk,
especially when the original is so often played. On the other hand
good jazz musicians have to overcome such obstacles.
That said the trio improvise on Another Part Of Me
presenting their special skills and perfect written arrangement,
thus transforming a well-known tune to a jazzy element. With
Billie Jean they showcase brilliantly created harmonies.
The concept is illustrated anew with the song Human Nature.
A simple designed melody develops to a well thought out
The interesting question is how the trio interprets a piece like
Beat It, that eludes due to its dynamic structure a jazz
interpretation. As further evidence their work shows the ingenuity
of the musicians. Undoubtedly, slow songs like Who's Lovin' You
are more likely to convert, this time to the blues. She's Out Of
My Life proves once again the true qualities of the trio.
Before drowsiness spreads, the band makes Shake Your Body (Down To
The Ground) for mood. Which The Way You Make Me Feel
joins seamlessly. I Can not Help It
grows out to a fundamental size with a broad instrumentation. Also,
I'll Be There and Man In The Mirror are offering
the listener ear candy of the finest.
Who is a good friend of the songs by Michael Jackson, really get one's
money's worth. Human Nature is by far one of the best