Brown has also been an in-demand producer, crafting sounds for Richard Elliot, Jessy J, Al Jarreau, Norman Brown and Eric Darius. Heck, he also engineered songs for Luther Vandross, and the So Intense album by Lisa Fischer. How Can I Ease the Pain is one of my favorite slow jams.
Paul is back with another album in 2016. It is called One Way Back, and this album will take a bluesy approach.
“There was only one way back to my roots and that was to go down every road and embrace each one of them in order to find my way back to where I began,” said Brown, a two-time Grammy winner. Brown wrote nine new tunes for the disc that was preceded by a reimagined take on Joe Sample’s party starter “Put It Where You Want It.”
Bubbling under Brown’s clean and cool electric jazz guitar expressions throughout “One Way Back” are blues-powered keyboard and Hammond B3 organ blasts courtesy of the similarly-named Brother Paul Brown (no relation) and stacks of muscular horn section workouts from saxophonist Greg Vail and trumpeter-horn arranger Lee Thornberg. Having enjoyed a tremendous amount of success producing signature hits for saxophonists Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Euge Groove and Jessy J, Brown invited label mate saxman Darren Rahn to guest on “Sexy Thang.” Guitar fans will rejoice that four cuts – “Piccadilly Circus,” “River Walk,” “Take Flight” and “Rear View Mirror”- spotlight Brown trading stringed barbs with contemporary jazz guitar sensations Chris Standring, Marc Antoine, Peter White and Chuck Loeb respectively. Standring, Antoine and White stand apart using the voice of nylon guitars while Fourplay’s Loeb emotes deftly on jazz guitar. The session boasts a roof-raising gospel-jazz vocal from Don Bryant on the celebratory juke joint original “Well Alright.” Brown himself takes to the mic to croon the intimate “Heaven,” a poignant, heart-on-the-sleeve country-blues album closer spotlighting the artist’s character-rich voice.
Brown’s “One Way Back” album contains the following songs:
“Put It Where You Want It”
“Sexy Thang” (featuring Darren Rahn)
“Piccadilly Circus” (featuring Chris Standring)
“River Walk” (featuring Marc Antoine)
“Well Alright” (featuring Don Bryant)
“Take Flight” (featuring Peter White)
“One Way Back”
“Rear View Mirror” (featuring Chuck Loeb)
You can get the album here:
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