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Human Nature

BWB, Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heads Up Records
  • ASIN: B00C1CO18C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Another Part of Me
2. Billie Jean
3. Human Nature
4. Beat It
5. Who's Lovin' You
6. She's Out of My Life
7. Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)
8. The Way You Make Me Feel
9. I Can't Help It
10. I'll Be There
11. Man in the Mirror

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The group BWB is made up of three of the most distinct stylists in smooth jazz: trumpeter Rick Braun, saxophonist Kirk Whalum and guitarist Norman Brown. Each a musical force in his own right, they team up to give a new take on classic Michael Jackson tunes, such as "Billie Jean", "Beat It" and "Man in the Mirror". The release harks back to BWB's debut album, Groovin', which combined a great '70s session vibe with classic covers and funky grooves.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I think MJ would approve. 15 July 2013
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Here's an album to either delight or annoy the fans of Mr Jackson!
Personally I like his music, but wouldn't class myself as a huge fan, but I am a big admirer of these guys both individually, and as a trio on this, their first outing for 11 years. Its well worth the wait. Here are some very interesting and unusual arrangements of some classic tunes, all adding up to a super collection.
All three performers get their chance to shine individually, and as a combo, needless to say all are masters of their instruments.
Standout tracks are Human Nature, I'll be there, Shake Your Body, and asoul stirring rendition of She's Out of my Life

This is actually a 4 1/2 star performance, as personally, I don't think Who's Loving You really fits in with the rest of the album. Got to Be There would have been a welcome addition, but maybe they are saving that for volume 2 !
Looking forward to next April to see these guys play live for the good folks of London and those who have to travel further for our Smooth Jazz live shows!
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Not bad at all, but difficult to match the original artist's recordings...! Each individual muso has created better CDs on their own..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful jazz 12 Oct 2013
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I so enjoyed Michaels 'music played so beautifully. Touches of Miles Davis at the end of Billie Jean. Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars He loves it! 5 Aug 2013
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I bought this for a friend who loves these jazz artist and Michael Jackson, but would have never considered buying this CD, so I bought it has a gift and he loves it. He loves it because the songs are not simply cover songs, but the songs have been re-arranged to make beautiful music. Give it a go!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Naturally excellent! 2 July 2013
By TheNoomz83 - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm for giving these guys (Rick Braun - trumpet, flugelhorn and valve trombone; Kirk Whalum - tenor sax and flute; Norman Brown - guitar) the comtemporary jazz album of the year award right now, on the second of July! Whenever they merge their exceptional talents as soul-jazzsters it's an event to be savored. The concept of transforming Michael Jackson's 1970-1988 songbook into jazz was undeniably clever from the start despite running the risk of some of the originals just being too indelible to approach from another direction. To wit: "Billie Jean" and "Beat It." On "Billie Jean" Rick Braun comes up with a brilliantly layered and fast-flowing arrangement that entrances for all of its six minutes. "Beat It" (another Braun arrangement) lays down a ska-beat percussion bed and is off to the races. There are just too many tremendous moments of soloing by these fine artists on this CD to even begin to single them out. Their solo "handoffs" are frequently spine-tingling, as are the interplay crescendos reached on nearly all of the songs here.

My personal favorites: a gorgeous "I'll Be There," chock-full of chills-inducing moments; Smokey Robinson's "Who's Lovin' You," the oldest song here (from 1960-61), done in a way that honors the sound of that period as black r & b/doo-wop was transitioning into soul; and a fragile and lovely "She's Out of My Life," which grows into something more powerful as it progresses. The title song features a warm and delicate vocal by Sheléa that serves as a beautiful tribute to Michael. I was dreading that "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" might turn out to be mere throwaway dance-funk filler, but instead it's transformed into exhilarating Latin jazz. There is, however, one comparatively weak track, and unfortunately it's in the leadoff position: "Another Part of Me." Despite nice playing by the BWB three, it just doesn't have the melodic heft to support or justify its five minutes. Thankfully, it's overwhelmed by the next ten tracks, allowing one to forget this initial minor misstep.

Sorely missing here are the beautifully melodic "Never Can Say Goodbye" and Michael's first solo hit, "Got to Be There," both from 1971. How about a follow-up collection of Motown songs, guys, containing these two? Please!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BWB CD 21 July 2013
By lloken - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good album. All of the musicians on this CD are some of my favorite musicians and they all get good solos.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music 21 July 2013
By Michael J. Zerr - Published on Amazon.com
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About 12 years since their first CD. Excellent find and great price. I had to have this, a must for my collection of jazz CD's. Super service and timely delivery. Thanks
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock it 18 July 2013
By stuart a smith - Published on Amazon.com
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Great CD, this jazz trio really nails it. This trio really nails it, and you'll love this CD.....I did! Get a copy and enjoy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth Jazz at its Best 19 July 2013
By PokeyGirl - Published on Amazon.com
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This group has put together a very good CD. If you have a chance to see them in person, don't hesitate!
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