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Tom Browne – Brother, Brother: The GRP/Arista Anthology

TOM-BROWNESoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Brother, Brother: The GRP/Arista Anthology,” a musically superb anthology by renowned trumpeter, musician and songwriter Tom Browne, covering his five-year tenure (1979-1984), firstly with GRP Records then with Arista Records.

From Jamaica, Queens, NY, Tom grew up in a creatively-fertile environment among other budding musicians including drummer Omar Hakim, bassist Marcus Miller, keyboardist Bernard Wright, drummer Lenny White and songwriter/musician Lesette Wilson. After being courted by several labels, Tom opted to sign with the then-fledgling GRP label, created by top jazz production team of Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen.

Following the critically-acclaimed “Browne Sugar” LP, Tom experienced his biggest commercial breakthrough with 1980’s “Love Approach” which included the massive global hit, the now-timeless funk groove, ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica (N.Y.)’, a No. 1 R&B US hit. This 29-track, 2-CD set also includes two 1991 remixes of the classic cut by the UK’s Driza Bone. Continue reading

Tom Browne – Come What May

Every music artist wants a No. 1 hit because of resulting notoriety and commercial success. Sometimes such a mega hit can also become a curse, if one is identified as a musician only with this hit. This is what happened to trumpeter Tom Browne, who landed a monster hit with his song Funkin’ For Jamaica, which took the top spot in the charts for over a month and remained in indelible memory for an entire generation of disco goers.

Forty years later after numerous albums, which unfortunately could not continue the great time, Tom limits himself to what he does best, good music. His album Come What May, released in October 2020 on Innervision Records, is a testament to his true greatness and deserves our attention without reservation. On this album, Tom collaborates with vocalist Joyce San Mateo, who is featured on all songs.

With the starter Shake Tom jumps into the center of the musical action and makes pressure with percussively loaded bass driven background. The trumpet comes off well with an amazing eloquence. Joyce gets into this point and gives the song yet more dynamics. Even though there are certain performance limits on the high notes, the overall package is exceptionally convincing and makes you curious about the other songs.

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Tom Browne – Come What May

Reminisce about a time when music was heartfelt, inspiring and even funky. Now think of an artist. An artist who George Benson described as “believable in any music style” and whom for a complete decade topped the Jazz and Adult Contemporary charts with his kickin’ Trumpet and rich jazz melodies. The decade was 1979-1989 and the artist is Tom Browne…”Mr. Jamaica Funk”. On GRP, he recorded four solo albums. His debut release, “Browne Sugar” (1979) dominated the jazz charts for numerous weeks while his next two releases “Love Approach” (1980) and “Magic” (1981) each sold 500,000 units earning gold records. “Love Approach” also spawned the hit song “Funkin’ for Jamaica,” which earned him a gold single and today, is still a favorite among dance DJ’s around the world. Now turn the clock further and add several more releases.

Innervision Records is proud to announce the label debut album from legendary trumpeter Tom Browne! “Come What May”, an album of faith, hope, and perseverance will be released on Oct. 9th. Pre-order the CD here: and streaming here:

Tom Browne – Legacy

13423735_937226429709738_2447111863023040662_nThe multi-gold album and award winning jazz/funk pioneer trumpeter Tom Browne returns with his latest renditions featuring Joyce San Mateo, Dee Dee Alexander and Bobby Lyle.

Legacy is available at CDBaby.