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5.0 out of 5 stars A Ground-breaking triumph for smooth jazz
Norman Brown is truly one of the pioneers of contemporary smooth jazz.
Different music means different things to different people. For me, smooth jazz is highly emotive and dreamy - the great escape.
With 'Take Me There' the first track, Brown sets the mood for the whole CD and he follows this with my favourite track on the album, the brilliant 'After the...
Published on 20 Dec 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit more kick than his later stuff
Another latter day `Wes Montgomery was my hero' guitarist, but he has his own hot'n'funky slant on the Wes thing and this is (mostly) pretty good. He certainly knows how to pull off quite a few pretty impressive runs up and down the fretboard which seems to be something of a trademark.

Recorded in Beverly Hills (didn't know there were any recording studios...
Published on 18 Oct 2007 by Julian Stevens


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Ground-breaking triumph for smooth jazz, 20 Dec 1999
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This review is from: After the Storm (Audio CD)
Norman Brown is truly one of the pioneers of contemporary smooth jazz.
Different music means different things to different people. For me, smooth jazz is highly emotive and dreamy - the great escape.
With 'Take Me There' the first track, Brown sets the mood for the whole CD and he follows this with my favourite track on the album, the brilliant 'After the Storm'.
Brown pulls off two excellent covers of Janet Jackson's 'That's the Way Love Goes' and Whitney Houston's brilliant 'For the Love of You'.
Other brilliant tracks include 'Let's Come Together' and 'El Dulce Sol'.
If you are curious about smooth jazz and particularly jazz guitar, then this should be a 'must-have' for your collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit more kick than his later stuff, 18 Oct 2007
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Julian Stevens (BRISTOL, UK United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: After the Storm (Audio CD)
Another latter day `Wes Montgomery was my hero' guitarist, but he has his own hot'n'funky slant on the Wes thing and this is (mostly) pretty good. He certainly knows how to pull off quite a few pretty impressive runs up and down the fretboard which seems to be something of a trademark.

Recorded in Beverly Hills (didn't know there were any recording studios there) though badly compromised by the soft and woolly sound quality which is totally at odds with the music itself. It sounds like a transfer to digital of an early seventies album that's in serious need of digital remastering. It could and should have been so much fresher and punchier (though Trashman nearly makes the grade).

There's also a typically duff vocal track with which Wes Montgomery wouldn't have dreamed of polluting one of his albums and a rather odd acoustic number, but for some reason they (nearly) all seem to consider a vocal track or two necessary these days. A smooth jazz album without vocals is both rare and refreshing (but this ain't one of them, I'm afraid).

His debut was a sort of lacklustre warm up for this one whilst its successor, Better Days Ahead, was a decidedly washed out affair. These days, he seems to be doing just MOR West Coasty stuff that's mostly nothing special at all, but this one's nearly pretty good.
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