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Paul Brown – One Way Back

A smart buddy, a gifted musician, a radiant producer. Guitarist Paul Brown is, in the true sense of the word, an outstanding personality. Anyone who knows him personally will appreciate his deadpan sense of humor.

His newest project, One Way Back (2016), is staffed by a star-studded group of musicians. Peter White, Marc Antoine, Chris Standring, Chuck Loeb, Darren Rahn, Roberto Vally, Greg Vail and many more high-caliber artists are on the guest list.

Put It Where You Want It ensures a great party mood. The electrifying energy is especially fired up by famous organist Brother Paul Brown and trumpeter Lee Thornberg. On Sexy Thang Paul works together with Lew Laing, who is deeply involved in the independent music scene. The tune features Darren Rahn on sax and flute with resonate tones.

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Paul Brown – One Way Back

OneWayBackThe term “Renaissance Man” dates back to the time of Leonardo da Vinci, who was described as a man of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination.” Paul Brown‘s four decade journey through the worlds of pop, R&B and jazz is the modern day musical equivalent. Starting as a drummer, he became an engineer for R&B legends (Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin) before evolving into a two time Grammy winning urban jazz producer (with over 60 #1 radio airplay hits) and finally a popular guitarist, artist and performer in his own right.

While keeping his trademark deep funk and cool urban vibes flowing, Brown taps deeper than ever before into his lifelong blues influences, which includes a foundational passion for greats like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Little Feat and B.B. King. This edge is immediately apparent on the album’s lead single, a bold and fiery re-imagining of The Crusaders’ soul-jazz classic “Put It Where You Want It,” which he describes as a “combination of Wes Montgomery and Larry Carlton,” the latter who played on the original recording of the tune.

“Even after all these years,” he says, “I truly feel that I’m continuing to evolve as a guitarist, and I’m glad the way the genre is right now allows artists to follow the deeper passions of their musical hearts more than ever before. With each album, I feel like I’ve grown as a musician and artist, and I’m a far different player than I was when I recorded Up Front. When that came out, I had never performed a live show as a guitarist. You can practice an instrument in a room all you want, but until you play live, you don’t acquire a full level of skills. All of that gigging has helped me grow technically, and playing what I have imagined in my head is a lot easier than it used to be. The freedom and confidence I have gained from those translates to my personal development and allows me to bring fresh new ideas into the studio.”

Paul Brown’s new album One Way Back is scheduled for release September 30, 2016. Pre-order your copy at

Paul Brown – Truth B Told

As a producer Paul Brown worked for artists like Peter White, Rick Elliot, Boney James, Jessy J, Najee, Darren Rahn, Dave Koz, Euge Groove and many more.

Equally successful is his solo career as a guitarist. with albums such as Up Front (2004), The City (2005), White Sand (2007), Love You Found Me (2009), and The Funky Joint (2012). Also to mention is a remarkable collaboration with Marc Antoine on the album ForeignXchange (2009).

His album Truth B Told (2014) is his second CD for Woodward Avenue Records. Brown is also connected with the label as A&R consultant. The list of musicians on this CD is enormous. Greg Adams, Greg Vail, Dave Koz, Najee, Darren Rahn, Euge Groove, Richard Elliot, Bob Baldwin, Larry Carlton, Ricky Lawson, and many more are participating.

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Paul Brown – Truth B Told

TruthBToldTruth B Told is the brand new funky set from guitarist and double Grammy winner, Paul Brown. Truth B Told is a bold new record that pushes the envelope forward as contemporary jazz continues to evolve with the times, but is still unmistakably Paul Brown, the man with the Midas touch who has earned over 60 # 1 hits as an artist and producer.

The guest artist roster for the album reads like a virtual Who’s Who in music, and includes guitarist Larry Carlton, saxophonists Dave Koz, Richard Elliot, Euge Groove and Darren Rahn, amazing flute from Najee, B3 organ master – the other Paul Brown (Memphis), vocalist Wendy Moten, the Greg Adams horns, and two tracks with legendary drummer Ricky Lawson.

Release Date: 07/29/14

Track Listing
1. Sunrise On Sunset
2. Truth B Told
3. Take It From Me
4. Love N Trust
5. Casablanca
6. Home Sweet Home
7. Stay Sly
8. Till the Mornin’ Comes
9. Avalon Nights
10. Purple Shoes

Various Artists – 9 Mile Road

9MileRoad9 Mile Road is a great compilation album which features an array of successful singles from current Woodward Avenue Records recording artists as well as our new recording artists on the label. This album is truly a multi-genre treat that reflects the way most people like to listen to music. Different artists and different sounds, but all great music. Artists featured on the album are Paul Brown, Jonathan Fritzen, Andre Delano, Joey Navarro, Tierra, Grace Kelly, Nate Najar, Michael J. Thomas, Melba Moore, Orrick Ewing, Sara Wasserman and “313 The D.”

Track Listing
1. Help Yourself (vocal) – Andre Delano
2. The Funky Joint – Paul Brown
3. Sweet Sweet Baby – Grace Kelly
4. “313 The D” – Detroit 141
5. Strawberry Moon – Joey Navarro
6. On My Own – David Lukens
7. Midnight Groove – Nate Najar
8. Groove Me – Nate Najar feat. Melba Moore
9. SWAG – Orrick Ewing
10. I Think About Amy – Michael J. Thomas
11. Friday Night – Jonathan Fritzen
12. Love Sneakin’ Up On You – Nate Najar feat. Sara Wasserman
13. Take You There – Tierra
14. Help Yourself (instrumental) – Andre Delano

Paul Brown – The Funky Joint

The Funky Joint by guitarist Paul Brown (Woodward Avenue Records, 2012) may be misleading in its name. However, as a release in the smooth jazz genre, it’s right on the mark.

For better or worse, Brown’s name became synonymous with “snooze jazz.” No doubt, that’s largely due to his input as producer on some releases by a few WB Jazz artists back in the 1990s, when the drive to appeal to fans who weren’t necessarily in to smooth jazz and to increase the probability of getting more play on commercial radio – a lesson in failure – led to a lot of formulaic, cookie-cutter music. As a front man, though, Brown holds his own quite well.

An assortment of smooth jazz names appear as guests in various configurations. Among them are keyboardist and programmer Jeff Caruthers, bassist Roberto Vally, horn arranger Jerry Hey, saxophonist Boney James and drummer Ricky Lawson.


Paul Brown – The Funky Joint

Paul Brown is best known as performing jazz guitarist. With albums like Up Front (2004), The City (2005), White Sand (2007), his collaboration with Marc Antoine Foreign Exchange (2009), and Love You Found Me (2010) he showcased his talents equally as singer and instrumentalist.

But Paul is also a professional and in-demand producer/engineer with two Grammy Awards and more than forty hits for artists as George Benson, Al Jarreau, Kirk Whalum, Patti Austin, Norman Brown, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Euge Groove, Boney James, Rick Braun, and Peter White. He is also a great mentor of saxophonist Jessy J supporting her career as producer and musician.

His newest album The Funky Joint is just released on Woodward Avenue Records, a label founded by Mark C. Nordman in 2010. Brown is also connected with the label as A&R consultant.

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