Norman Brown West Coast Coolin Smooth Jazz Music CD Review

by : Clyde Lee Dennis

The exceptionally talented Smooth Jazz artist Norman Brown has released him CD entitled West Coast Coolin'. I am very confident and happy to announce that I believe Norman Brown fans, and Smooth Jazz fans alike will be pleased with this one. With the release of West Coast Coolin' Norman Brown's artistic excellence is on full display as Brown has once again delivered a brilliant collection of tracks that could very well be him best work to date.

These days it's a very rare CD on which every single song is good or better than the one before it. This CD is certainly one of those rare CDs.

West Coast Coolin' literally grabs your attention right out of the gate with I Might and doesn't let go until the very last note of the very last song Remember The Time, which is another great track by the way.

This CD has a nicely varied, mix of 10 tracks that are very well written songs by this clearly superb artist. With many of the songs displaying a lot of the kind emotion that makes for a really great listen. Clearly drawing from what I can only imagine are him own real life experiences. At different points touching on the most real emotions like love, heartbreak, pain, failed relationships and unattainable romance. They're all here.

Norman Brown is one of those musicians that has the ability to just win you over with him talent. The kind of artist it's really a treat to be able to listen to.

I'm of the opinion that West Coast Coolin' is certainly Norman Brown's best work in a few years. A totally enjoyable CD and an outstanding release. What I call must have music. I give it two thumbs up because it's a collection that even the casual Smooth Jazz fan can appreciate and enjoy.

While the entire album is outstanding the truly standout tunes are track 2 - Up 'N' At 'Em, track 3 - West Coast Coolin', and track 6 - What's Going On.

My SmoothLee Bonus Pick, and the one that got Sore [ in "Stuck On REpeat"] is track 10 - Remember The Time. This is a great track!

West Coast Coolin' Release Notes:

Norman Brown originally released West Coast Coolin' on Sep 21, 2004 on the Warner Bros. Records label.

CD Track List Follows:

1. I Might - (with Carol Riddick) 2. Up 'N' At 'Em 3. West Coast Coolin' 4. Missin' You 5. Come Over 6. What's Going On 7. Let's Play 8. Right Now 9. Angel 10. Remember The Time

Personnel include: Norman Brown (vocals, guitar); Lynne Fiddmont-Linsey (vocals); Dan Higgins (saxophone); Jerry Hey (flugelhorn); Reggie Young (trombone); Brian Culbertson (keyboards, programming); James Poyser (keyboards); Pino Palladino, Alex Al (bass guitar); Lil' John Roberts (drums); Luis Conte (percussion); Vikter Duplaix (programming). Recording information: Axis Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Studio Atlantis, Hollywood, California; Funky Joint, Sherman Oaks, California; Entourage Studios, Hollywood, California.