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BWB: Human Nature

In 2002, trumpeter Rick Braun, saxophonist Kirk Whalum and guitarist Norman Brown, all major smooth-jazz stars, came together under the name BWB and recorded a collaborative album called Groovin’. Eleven years later, they’ve reunited for the follow-up, Human Nature, on which they delve into the Michael Jackson songbook.

The trio explores the inventive possibilities within these well-known songs, using the melodies as starting points and then developing them in interesting and sometimes dramatically different ways. Human Nature also serves as a reminder of just how solid a body of work Jackson produced: The songs hold up when recast as instrumentals and lend themselves well to exploration.

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