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Paul Brown: The Man With the Midas Touch

Paul Brown

Why would the undisputed king of hit-making smooth jazz songs-he’s won several Grammy Awards and steered more than 40 songs to the top of the charts-go ahead and release a smooth jazz CD himself? “I’ve always been a musician,” Paul Brown says. “Before I started producing I was a drummer and guitar player. It felt natural to get back into making music.”

The result is Up Front (GRP), a CD brimming with self-assuredness and likely a hit-friendly effort that shouldn’t come as much surprise given Brown’s uncanny songwriting and producing acumen. The 12-song CD is a grooving and melodic feast, showcasing Brown’s guitar, drums and even his vocals: he scats on “Wes’ Coast Swing,” sings straight up on Van Morrison’s “Moondance” and alters his voice with a Vocoder on James Taylor’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight.”

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