Brown, Whalum, Braun are BWB offering
the essence of Jazz with new self titled album
"We were all recording artists on Warner Brothers in 2002 and the president said, ‘I'd love to hear you
guys together grooving.' We did our first album and didn't do anything for 11 year," said Grammy Award winning guitarist
Norman Brown about the union of himself with Grammy Award winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum and Billboards' #1 Smooth Jazz Song
Artist of 2015 trumpeter Rick Braun to form the trio BWB. "We did a Michael Jackson ("Human Nature" in 2014)
tribute album...to make a statement."
The Michael Jackson tribute album garnered a #1 hit for
the trio. On April 22, 2016 BWB (Brown, Whalum, and Braun) are releasing a new self titled project of original material on
Artistry Music/Mack Avenue.
"The Michael Jackson tribute was
covers of his hits. ‘Grooving' (their debut) was hit songs and cover songs. We wanted
to do an album of original songs," Norman said about the new project. "(The audience)
they are loving it. They showing us much love. We did a tour and decided we are officially a group."
BWB are currently on tour promoting the previous and new projects arriving at the One World Theatre
on May 27th; the Dosey Doe on May 28; the St. Lucia Jazz Festival on May 7th; the Steel City Jazz Festival on
June 4th; the Tri-C Jazz Festival on June 25th; the QC Summerfest on July 31st; the Wolf
Creek Jazz Festival on September 4th, and the Capital Jazz SuperCruise on October 23rd.
When asked about the recording process Norman Brown said, "We
were camped out at Rick Braun's place, he has a studio. It was natural flow. I would start an idea...each contributed -
Brown said the title track he is fawned
of because they all wrote on it.
"I like ‘Turn Up'
because it's a party song and ‘North Star' because I contributed," he laughed
when I asked which songs on the album were his favorite.
My favorite cuts on the album
include #1 "Triple Dare" because it offers the essence of Jazz providing a prime reason
for the official creation of the trio - a perfect mix; #2 "Bust a Move" because
you get that Smooth Jazz sound along with a treat of vocals from the guys; #3 "BWB"
which offers Funky Jazz all the way to the last note, and #8 "Hey Baby" is another
treat of vocals of the guys on the hook covered over by a Jazz filled symphony.
The "BWB" project
offers 10 selections of original material. To learn more about the "BWB" release
or the members of BWB log onto www.MackAvenue.com. http://www.KirkWhalum.com, www.NormanBrow.com and www.RickBraun.com.
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