Archive for May 16th, 2010

Norman Brown – Sending My Love

For almost two decades, it has been a veritable love fest between GRAMMY® Award winning guitarist, composer and singer Norman Brown and his legions of fans. And, with his long-awaited new recording, Sending My Love, set for a June 22 release on Concord Records, Brown keeps the good vibes going.

Brown intensifies an already much-beloved recipe of sound, with ten tracks, nine of which he wrote) that flow easily from steamy R&B to guitar lashed flights of instrumental fantasy, all the while keeping things right in the pocket. From the first track – the easy breezy, horn laden, “Come Go With Me” – to the sexy groove of the R&B track “I’m Pouring My Heart Out” to the gentle acoustic guitar melody of “One Last Goodbye,” Brown shows off the stylistic diversity that has gained him a loyal following. He does so by utilizing some of the tried and true musicians, songwriters, and producers he’s worked with in the past: longtime collaborator Herman Jackson, bassist Alex Al, drummer Teddy Campbell, rhythm guitarist Jubu, and percussionist Kevin Ricard. He also reached out to R&B production camp Tha Bizness and R&B songwriters Melvin Moore III (who happens to be his godson) and Floyd E. Bentley III from his Kansas City hometown for the hop vocal tunes “I’m Pouring My Heart Out” and “One Last Goodbye.”

Even his daughter Rochella Brown, a student at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and her songwriting partners arranged a new version of the Kenny Loggins classic “Celebrate Me Home.” Rochella sings with Brown on the beloved gem, which also features a choral contributing from GRAMMY® winning ensemble Sounds Of Blackness. Brown adds that, with a daughter serving in Iraq, he dedicated the song to our troops. “I’m dedicating that to my second oldest daughter, Kesha, a West Point graduate who is a first lieutenant, fighting in Iraq,” he said. “I think about all the families of these troops and the troops themselves, and ‘Celebrate Me Home’ hits it on the head — we all want to see them come home safely.”

Brown flirts with Latin rhythms on “Play Time,” and shares a haunting melody on the instrumental “Special Moments,” which Brown says is one of his favorites from the set. Longtime fans will enjoy the showcase of his guitar prowess on the slow groove “Here’s My Number,” while others will recognize the signature Brown touch on “Coming Back (Return of the Man.)”

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Saltaire – Just Press Play

Saltmarsh and Truman were college friends at Brigham Young University, and both played in various groups, including the award-winning jazz ensemble “Synthesis,” and the school’s heralded ensemble the Young Ambassadors. That world-touring group’s multi-genre repertoire gave the two a background in pop, jazz, Sousa marches, contemporary orchestral music and country. It was there that Truman, producer and composer, discovered the similarities in jazz and country, which eventually led him to his current place in Nashville’s supergroup Diamond Rio. That heralded band has earned nine Grammy nominations and sold more than five million records.

Both Saltmarsh and Truman gained degrees in Recording and Music Composition from BYU, and Saltmarsh soon partnered with Emmy-winning composer/pianist Sam Cardon to create The Jazz Ranch, a state of the art studio that was housed in part of the Osmond Family complex in Utah. Saltmarsh went on to build other studios, while still finding time to earn an MBA from Brigham Young–and become one of the west’s most sought after session guitarists and producers.

Their newest collaboration is called Saltaire. Dan Truman and Ron Saltmarsh continue their musical journey with their second CD release Just Press Play. A project over 8 years in the making driven by deep grooves, vivid musical colors, masterful playing and haunting melodies that will have you smiling and just feeling good. So take a few minutes, ‘Just Press Play’, and let Saltaire put you in your favorite car, heading down the coastal highway, or slowly cruising your favorite boulevard.

This new collection of songs is innovative, groove driven, and masterfully performed. So Just Press Play at CDBaby.