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Norman Brown: Stay With Me

Norman Brown won a Grammy for 2002’s Just Chillin’, but that wasn’t even the guitarist’s best CD. He followed that in 2004 with West Coast Coolin’, another strong effort that featured a few vocal tracks and several collaborations with writers and producers.

On Stay With Me, whose title was perhaps prompted by his recent slight drift from his earlier sound, Brown composed and produced the majority of songs. The guitarist explains that he looked to his second CD, After the Storm, for inspiration. That remains a stellar record hardcore fans consistently call their favorite. Brown hasn’t completely forgotten his musician friends, however, as that other Brown-Paul-adds his hit-making producing touch to a couple of tracks, most notably on “Pop’s Cool Groove.” Another strong effort comes with the title track, penned by soul singer Brian McKnight. Brown takes lead vocals, with McKnight adding the familiar call-and-response heard in his biggest hits.

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