Louisiana born guitar star Norman
Brown has very successfully established himself in the smooth jazz
genre. His numerous albums and appearances as well as his popular
collaboration in the super group BWB with Kirk Whalum and Rick
Braun have contributed to this.
His new album The Highest Act
Of Love (2019) was just released on Shanachie Entertainment.
Beside guitarist Norman Brown the promotion mentions guitarist and
producer Paul Brown and singer Deniece Williams. But this album
has some more musical supporters such as Chris "Big Dog" Davis
(keyboards, bass, drum programming), Roberto Vally, Emanuel Wells,
Tres Gilbert (bass), Lew Laing (keyboards), Gordon Campbell, Lil
John Roberts (drums), Kim Waters (various instruments), and Phil
Davis (keyboards and drum programming).
Love is the focus of this album. On
Inside the Garden of Peace and Love, recorded in Paul's
studio The Funky Joint, the guitar sounds of Paul and Norman merge
in a marvelous way to a smooth duet. The King Is Here is
created by Chris "Big Dog" Davis and Norman. While Norman indulges
in his well-known diversity of guitar riffs, Chris provides the
remaining infrastructure with variations of luscious sounds
Words of Wisdom features
singer Baby Lee who is no stranger to Norman because she was
already a background singer on his album After The Storm.
Norman's crisp guitar chops also grace Spirit Power, a
collaboration with Phil Davis. The title song starts with a guitar
solo sequence which is narrowed down to the nucleus of the melody.
Then a slow tempo waltz-like sonic flowery guitar speech follows.
Don't Make Me Wait is a
good example that Norman and Chris are the perfect duo for hip
contemporary jazz. Free is a 1976 song by Deniece
Williams which was included on her album This Is Niecy. The
song was often covered and this interpretation offers the special
feature that Deniece herself has taken over the lead voice again.
My Window to Heaven adds further attractive freshness to
the smooth jazz genre with some groovy EWF flavored rhythm guitar
On Peace of Mind Norman
and Kim Waters deliver a tastefully addictive and accessible
palette of music. Kim Waters is not only a great saxophonist but
also a multi-instrumentalist with sparkling ideas. The swinging
Fountains of Spiritual Water couples Norman's affection
for beautiful music with Samba rhythm and nature sounds. Born
with Both Eyes Open is with Chris "Big Dog" Davis' assistance
and riveting hooks and spicy urban rhythms full on course.
The Highest Act Of Love is
experienced and skillfully recorded smooth jazz of top notch
musicians who know their craft. Combined you will discover the
essence of the guitarist Norman Brown, one of the most popular
musicians in this genre.
Buy the album in all stores
Title: The Highest
Act Of Love
Artist: Norman Brown
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Shanachie Entertainment
1 Inside the Garden of Peace and Love (feat. Paul Brown) 4:24
2 The King Is Here 4:27
3 Words of Wisdom (feat. Baby Lee)
4 Spirit Power 3:51
5 The Highest Act of Love 5:19
6 Don't Make Me Wait 4:16
7 Free (feat. Deniece Williams)
8 My Window to Heaven 3:51
9 Peace of Mind 4:17
Fountains of Spiritual Water 3:59
11 Born with Both Eyes Open
Stay With Me
Sending My Love
Let It Go