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Smooth Jazz Super Producer Paul Brown Signs to GRP

If you like your jazz smooth, then chances are you owe a great deal of gratitude to Paul Brown.

Having contributed to chart-topping hits like George Benson’s “Fly by Night,” Euge Groove’s “Slam Dunk,” Kirk Whalum’s “That’s the Way Love Goes” and Al Jarreau’s “Just to Be Loved,” among others, Brown’s skills are well-known in contemporary jazz. But after over 20 years of NAC production stardom, and 38 number-one hits on the smooth-jazz chart, Brown has signed to GRP Records to make his own album debut with the aptly titled Up Front, out on February 24.

Ron Goldstein, president and CEO of the Verve Music Group, said: “As a producer in the smooth-jazz arena, Paul has brought his skill and expertise as the man behind the scenes. Now, with his incredible talent as a guitarist, he steps out from behind the control room board into the main studio as a recording artist. Fortunately for us, Paul chose GRP to begin this new journey.”

Indeed he did, Ron, indeed he did.

Though the album will showcase Brown on both guitar and vocals, his years of making other people sound great are paying off. Getting by with a little help from his friends, including trumpeter Rick Braun, guitarist Peter White, for whom Brown produced 2001’s Glow, and saxophonist Boney James, who experienced Brown’s golden touch on 2001’s Ride, each lend their services on Up Front.

The album will feature 12 songs, including original Brown tunes “Moment by Moment,” “Chill Out” and “24/7,” and covers like “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight” by James Taylor, Van Morrison’s “Moondance,” “Angel” by Wes Montgomery and the classic standard “My Funny Valentine.”

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