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Norman Brown

Guitarist Norman Brown splashed into the soul-jazz scene in 1992 as a recording artist for Mo Jazz and quickly went on to win substantial acclaim, beginning with his award-winning second album, After the Storm. Both Gavin and Soul Train named it Jazz Album of the Year, and After the Storm remained on the charts for over two years. Suddenly critics drew comparisons to other astonishing jazz guitarists from the past such as George Benson and Wes Montgomery, and Brown became the toast of the soul-jazz crowd. Following the remarkable success of After the Storm, Brown continued to wow jazz listeners. His highly awaited follow-up, Better Days Ahead, didn't quite measure up to the brilliance of After the Storm, but it nonetheless won the 1997 American Jazz Award for contemporary guitar and the album's title track became the most-added single in NAC history until that point. Following his flurry of successes at Mo Jazz, Brown moved to Warner Bros. in 1999, where he began focusing on the direction of his still-evolving career.

Born in Kansas City, Brown first became interested in the guitar at age eight, when he grew fond of his brother's acoustic six-string. He initially took much influence from such guitar-based acts as Jimi Hendrix and the Isley Brothers, but once he discovered one of his father's favorite guitarists, Wes Montgomery, everything changed. Rather than play, for instance, material by Earth, Wind & Fire in local bands, Brown began playing contemporary jazz tunes and standards. His increasing interest in jazz guitar led him to Los Angeles in the mid-'80s, where he studied formally at the Musician's Institute in Hollywood. Following his graduation, he taught briefly and signed to Motown's Mo Jazz label, where he recorded his first three albums, including the much-championed After the Storm album. In the late '90s, Brown moved to Warner Bros. and released several albums, including 1999's Celebration, 2002's Grammy Award-winning Just Chillin', and 2004's West Coast Coolin'. Two years later, he returned with Stay with Me on the Peak label. Brown then signed with longtime jazz label Concord and released 2010's Sending My Love. In 2012, Brown paired with saxophonist Gerald Albright for the Concord release 24/7. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Sending My Love

1. Come Go With Me

2. Here's My Number

3. Sending My Love

4. Celebrate Me Home

5. Play Time

6. Special Moments

8. Thinking About You

9. Coming Back (Return Of The Man)

10. One Last Goodbye

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Track List: Stay With Me

1. Let's Take A Ride

2. You Keep Lifting Me Higher

3. Pop's Cool Groove

4. It Ain't Over Bwb

5. So In Love

6. Stay With Me

7. Soul Dance

8. Every Little Thing

9. A Quiet Place

10. I Need You

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Track List: The Very Best Of Norman Brown

1. That's The Way Love Goes

2. Better Days Ahead

3. Just Between Us

4. Any Love

5. Too High

6. Lydian

7. Moonlight Tonight

8. After The Storm

9. After The Love Is Gone

10. Your Body's Callin'

11. For The Love Of You

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Track List: West Coast Coolin'

1. I Might

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

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Track List: Just Chillin'

1. The Feeling I Get

2. Just Chillin'

3. Feeling The Way (feat. Chante Moore)

4. Night Drive

5. I Still Believe (feat. Michael McDonald)

6. Dancing In The House

7. Let's Wait Awhile

8. Won't You Stay (feat. Debbie Nova)

9. In My Life

10. Not Like You Do

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Track List: Just Between Us

1. Stormin'

2. Just Between Us

3. East Meets West

4. Love's Holiday

5. It's A Feelin'

6. Too High

7. Something Just For You

8. Here To Stay

9. Moonlight Tonight

10. Sweet Taste

11. Inside

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So smooth! Always good listening... .
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I'm With That just pray that GOD give YOU More
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dragonlady60 8 8
CLASSY AND JAZZY I LOVE U NORM
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dragonlady60 8 8
Norman's music makes my heart SING
.TY N
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This guy is so smooth on the neck...it's like a miracle is going on.
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dragonlady60 8 8
NORMAN GOOD AM XOXO
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phylingram
I see you Norman you kill'in it out there I don't care what nobody say
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Bad boy oh my god I like his riff my god smooth keep doing your thing I love it man I got all of your music. top on my list.
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david.blahni k
One of my favorite artist to listen to while at the beach, or at least dreaming I was at the beach!
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great sounds
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dragonlady60 8 8
GOOD NITE NORMAN HAD TO HEAR U PLAY BEFORE I TURN IN XOXOXO
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dragonlady60 8 8
TALENTED A-- MAN
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dragonlady60 8 8
Take me there ...NORMAN
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what a GREAT!!!!SHO W , . . this gentlemen puts on in concert. Picture it NEW HAVEN,CT the
Lyman Center. FANTASTIC. Thank you
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Your jazz is so SEXY!!!!!
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dragonlady60 8 8
GOOD NITE NORMAN


THANKS FOR RELAXING ME XOXO
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dragonlady60 8 8
NORMAN MAKES MY HEART SING TY NORM
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One of the best !!!!
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Excellent
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dragonlady60 8 8
Outstanding. . A m a z i n g NORMAN XOXOXO
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dragonlady60 8 8
Thank you for making my days smooth sailing ...luv u
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dragonlady60 8 8
GOOD AM NORMAN...... . . X O X O X O
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just chillin to Norman!!!
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Jesus child Forever! An anointed man of God truly the music comes from heaven.The sound literally destroys tension and releases joy in your inner man it Frees you too love and forget pain I appreciate Brother Brown for being obedient to the Spirit of God and ministring to us all.
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Got a lot of his jams, great
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dragonlady60 8 8
This man takes my STRESS AWAY..TY NORMAN
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dragonlady60 8 8
This man makes my heart sing..he is the mist awesome musician..ex c e p t for George Benson
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Poetic by way of the Strings!!!!
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I I remember Norman and scooter from high schools Sumner and Wyandotte high schools and they were great then and they still are great today
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I love Norman Brown's sound, he is an awesome live performer. I tried to see him every time he comes to Detroit for a concert.
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Amazing.
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He makes the guitar talk to you!!!
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Who is Norman brown?...
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ewillisjr
starting my weekend with an amazing musician.... . S m o o t h as silk :)
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Oh yeah!!!
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Great music..
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Smooth as melted butter...
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AMAZING MAN...
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dragonlady60 8 8
I'll cruise. With u Norman always...xox o
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msreddst80
I saw Norman Brown on the Capital Jazz Super 2015 for the first time and he was AMAZING! I always enjoyed his music but he actually gives a really good live concert. Looking forward to seeing who he works with next. I WILL ALWAYS BE A FAN OF HIS!
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I met Norman Brown on the smooth jazz cruise and just recently bumped into him again at the Catalina Island Jazz fest. He is an excellent artist and really appreciates his fans.
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Love me some Norman Brown. Awesome artist. I missed him when he came to Nevada. Hopefully I'll get to see him next time around.
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Just saw Norman on Capital Jazz Super Cruise 2015 and all I can say is AWESOME!
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A "classic" from a great artist. Would love to see him live.
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I am going to see Norman Brown on 11/14/15 in Rosemont IL, at the Lowes Hotel in Rosemont IL. If you like Norman Brown and live in the Chicago area you should join me there. Deuces....Pe a c e . . . .
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This is nice one first time hearing this song will put Norman on list
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Love me some Norman Brown.
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Norman music is very relaxing from a long hard day from work. I love listening to his music with a glass of wine. and having a couple of friends over during the weekend.
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your music is heavenly
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Norman as a guitarist is one of the smoothest, I hear a little of Wes and George in his playing style.
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