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dee Brown – Remembering You

Time flies by and guitarist dee Brown is still on the top of game honing his skills to absolute perfection. All started with the debut album No Time To Waste in 2006. Soon followed A Little Elbowroom (2009), Brown Sugar Honey-Coated Love (2014) and this year Remembering You.

Dee is accompanied on this project by Valdez Brantley, Nate Harasim (piano, keyboards, programming), Kern Brantley, Takashi Lio (bass), Dezie McCullers Jr. (alto, tenor saxophones), Ron Otis (drums), Shaunia Edwards, Shannon Rice, Ester Todd, Winzell Kelly (vocals), Althea René (flute), and Bob Baldwin (piano, keyboards, programming, bass).

Dee Brown introduces into his new project with romance. I Want You Too is designed for the ladies. The influence of George Benson shines through in phrases and notes. Hey Baby joins seamlessly. Dee’s fluent style is perfectly supported by strings and sax.

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dee Brown – Remembering You

Two years ago, soul-jazz guitarist dee Brown was preparing for a summer wedding to his fiancée, gospel singer Shaunia Edwards. When her young life was tragically cut short by an unexpected illness, he was devastated, leaning on his strong faith to endure. Shifting his mindset from a mourning period during which he sought meaning by asking “Why?” to a perspective of positivity, Brown turned to writing, honoring the sweet, lasting memories of Edwards and their romance by composing lively, intimate and playful stories of love, laughter and hope. He shares his fond remembrances via the ten new songs that constitute his fourth album, Remembering You, his second release for Innervision Records.

Determined to make “Remembering You” a joy-filled affair, Brown imparts his charming recollections by setting his lyrically expressive, loose and improvisational cool jazz fretwork amidst ebullient pop nuances, pulsating dance beats and sensual R&B grooves. He picks, plays and scats soulfully throughout, inspired to celebrate his season with Edwards by deriving meaning from her lingering place in his heart, not in the loss of her physical presence.

“Shaunia was the reality of my dreams, a woman heaven sent to make me whole. ‘Remembering You’ celebrates her life and our life together. It’s purposely an upbeat celebration, not a mourning. The meaning that I derived from this experience and a message I think everyone can relate to is that we should exalt those in our lives as well as remember those who are no longer in our lives for whatever reason. Tomorrow is coming, but not necessarily for you. Share our love with those with us in the here and now because tomorrow is not guaranteed,” said Brown, who coproduced nine of the album’s tracks. Continue reading

Dee Brown – Brown Sugar Honey-Coated Love

Which guitarist would like to be described as the best kept secret? Certainly not guitarist, songwriter, arranger, producer and vocalist dee Brown. After his debut album No Time To Waste (2006) and his sophomore album A Little Elbowroom (2009) this condition should change with his third album Brown Sugar Honey-Coated Love (2014).

With the change of the label to Innervision Records also the musicians involved are slightly different than in previous productions. Valdez Brantley (keys), Chip Dixon (keyboard programming and bass), Dave “The Painter” Henderson (bass), Kern Brantley (bass), Dezie McCullers Jr. (sax), Lin Rountree (trumpet, flugelhorn), and various singers are listed in the liner notes.

All songs with the exception of one track are composed by dee Brown and his fellow musicians Valdez Brantley, Chip Dixon, S. Edwards. My Love’s Forever is the first track after a short promotional intro. Dee Brown duets with saxophonist Dezie McCullers Jr. and the song tends more to contemporary jazz than smooth jazz. Dee adds some scat to his guitar play following his idol George Benson.

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dee Brown – Brown Sugar, Honey-Coated Love

BSHCLOn his Innervision debut, dee Brown, whose tasty melodies, grooves, and vibe perfectly reflect its unforgettable title: Brown Sugar, Honey-Coated Love, collaborates with some of Detroit’s best loca talent, including Desi Mc Cullers Jr., The son of one of the original Motown “Funk Brothers” Valdez Brantly, longtime keyboardist and MD for Usher, his brother, bassist Kern Brandley, Music Director for Lady Gaga, Chip Dixson, a notable gospel player, “soul trumpeter” and instrumental recording artist Lin Rountree, and DJ Shannon Weiss.

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A Conversation with dee Brown

I met with dee Brown, an inspirational guitarist, composer, producer and arranger. Hailing from Detroit he has currently released his albums No Time To Waste (2006) and A Little Elbowroom (2009).

hbh: dee, what is the history of the title of your second album?

dee: After the completion and success of my first CD “No Time To Waste,” I thought the appropriate title of my recent release should be “A Little Elbowroom” because we really had just a little “elbowroom” left over to produce this one.

When I refer to “elbowroom,” I’m simply looking for enough room to move around freely. And when I mention “freely,” I’m talking about cashing in on the opportunity to maneuver easier within the music industry. Because of Nu Groove Records’ history and reputation of supporting artists like Jay Soto, Michael Lington and Bob Baldwin, we felt more than comfortable with the elbowroom Nu Groove promised us.

We were blessed with three wonderful producers for this project. Chip Dixon, from Detroit, who has worked with William Murphy Jr., Sean “Puffy” Combs and Dark Child (Rodney Jergenson) was joined by fellow Motor City resident Valdez Brantley, who is Usher’s music director, and a producer-keyboardist, who has also worked with Sean “Puffy” Combs, plus New Kids on the Block, Mary J. Blige and Teddy Riley.

The third member of the production team is my label mate Nate Harasim, another Detroit area native whose resume highlights several CD cuts as a Smooth Jazz pianist. One of Nate’s recent projects includes a session with De’Nate, where the vocals of Deborah Connors is showcased. Darren Rahn also contributed on tenor sax. You can add Jay Soto, Nick Colionne and Norman Brown to the list of artists Nate has worked with. Our CD also features the bass of Dave “The Painter” Henderson and Valdez’s brother, Kern Grantley, who is also the music director for Neo, Dezie McCullers on sax, Frank McCullers show casing the trumpet and the vocals of Gerard Brookes.

If you listen carefully, you’ll pick up the way I express my love for the guitar, as it is carries each track’s melody, and truly provides the true essence of knowing what having “A Little Elbowroom” is really all about.

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dee Brown – A Little Elbowroom

Detroit born dee Brown is known by his collaboration with sax player Gentry Shelby (“Shelby Brown”) on the album Miracle. He started his solo career with the debut album No Time To Waste (2006). His sophomore album A Little Elbowroom was released in 2009 on the respected label NuGroove Music, which prospers under the guidance of David Chackler.

Dee dedicated the entire project to his father. “If it wasn’t for him introducing me to jazz, I would have never found my true love and passion.” Featured instrument on this album is the guitar inspired by George Benson and Wes Montgomery.

Further musicians on the album are saxophonists Dezie McCullers Jr., Darren Rahn, Trumpeter Frank McCullers, producer, writer Valdez Brantley, Chip Dixson, Nate Harasim, bassist Dave Henderson, Kern Brantley, vocalists Gerard Brooks and Dee D’mitri.

We are often confronted with the True Reality. In dee’s case the reality is mellow and appealing. Dee is supported by keyboardist Nate Harasim, who also co-wrote the song and Darren Rahn on sax.

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dee Brown – A Little Elbowroom

After years of absorbing his father’s love and knowledge of jazz, Demitris Brown better known as dee, re-paid George (Sonny) Brown one more time with the new release of the CD titled A Little Elbowroom. The elder Brown passed away May 2, 2009, and dee’s new recording pays tribute to the man who was responsible for his emergence into the music theatre.

While growing up in Detroit MI, Brown, the youngest of three children, was exposed to the recordings of his father’s favorite artists: Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus, Les McCann, Cannonball Adderly, West Montgomery, Charles Christian and George Benson. Known to most as Sonny, dee’s father would enlighten his son of how significant these legendary musicians were in the scope of jazz history.

“We would talk for hours about the greats in jazz,” explained dee. “He was also my biggest critic. I would bring over new songs as we were working on them, and we would sit down outside and listen to them. During the recording of A Little Elbowroom, I had pre-mixed three new songs. As he laid in the bed, he said “I like them all, but that second song, that’s your hit.” “At the time, I had no name for that track. I decided later to pay my respect to my dad and named it after his nickname, Sonny.”

Eventually, dee dedicated the entire project to his father. “If it wasn’t for him introducing me to jazz, I would have never found my true love and passion,” said dee. “On this CD I want to really show my love for my instrument the guitar. Many of the tracks will feature a lot of guitar work along with the sax.”

Also appearing on A Little Elbowroom are saxophonists Dezie McCullers Jr., Darren Rahn, Trumpeter Frank McCullers, producer, writer Valdez Brantley, Chip Dixson, Nate Harasim, bassist Dave Henderson, Kern Brantley, vocalists Gerard Brooks and Dee D’mitri.

Brown is seen as one of the most promising new artist to come!

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