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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, Rovi
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Love jazz early in the morning
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Click clack kick back..
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Great tune Norman! - JUST BETWEEN US.
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One of the best and I really enjoy listening to Norman.
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This one listener is crazy. Yodirianyoja n i c e 1.
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New, old and contemporary jazz all mixed together. Can we all agree with that?
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So relaxing and smooth.
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An incredible guitarist
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eunice_graha m
One of my favorites by Norman....
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jernigan884
Strictly beautiful beautiful music
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dragonlady60 8 8
good night normxoxoxo
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Wow so relaxing
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dragonlady60 8 8
Night
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dragonlady60 8 8
I have to listen to norman before i go to sleep..my sttress melts Away
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paulatrice21
I simply love him ;when he comes to Baltimore,I' m there
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The Man Norman is brilliant and deserving of any and all accolade's . His music is definitely food for the soul. Thank You Mr. Brown
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the reason i listen!!
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yoadrianyoja n i c e 1
HI MR. Brown. :
I. Have n't. Forgotten. You
I'm. Always. Back. Strocking
It's. Always. Difficult. Trying
To. Stay. A. Float
Touch. Base. Soon
Stage. Left
A. Old friend. (. J. )


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Baby Benson's in effect! Go Mr.Norman Brown ur a natural!!!
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dragonlady60 8 8
Norman..u are so amazing ty for ur takent ..u r so gifted. Xoxoxi
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Just Good for your soul
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Love it! 1991 and 1992
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stephenmaste r s
I was fortunate enough to study under him at Musicians Institute. Great player
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dragonlady60 8 8
i love the soul of this man...he makes. me forget my worries...
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Norman's music carriers with it, a burst of energy, that when it hits you, all you want to is, get up and dance, definitely bring his CD's to your party, the music will set the tone, like no one else can
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nrivers16
Luv this instrumental and lyrical song hee hee
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His music gives new life !!!!!
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Get's me in the mood.
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So Smooth
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dragonlady60 8 8
Norman u are like fine wine.....ty
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jo1harrisez
Love the smooth sound.
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jazzkaw
Love it!
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Take me away Norman!!!!!!
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I saw him in Dallas, his live show was outstanding
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Mr. Brown's talents are of another world. His music consumes and transports you to a happy place!
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️NICE Awesome**** Fireplace Two glasses A bottle of wine
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HIGHWAY MUSIC!!!!!!
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like his work
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You are very good Norman, and may you stay blessed! Can't wait for you to come to Houston, Tx. Saw you in Kansas City many times. Friends with your step mom, and your aunt Joyce!
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Love it.
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mikehumesp
Seen you several times in person in Detroit area and in Canton Michigan where I live. I met you and your lovely wife and sister and what a star you have in a son who's got a great voice. God has truly blessed you and your music. The best to you and family
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Don't know if this compliment to outstanding guitarist gets him mixed up with George Benson so I say when I find out it him (Norman Brown)I then say Oh its Baby Benson sorry Mr.Norman ur renowned within ur self neck and neck with the hall of famer Renowned Mr.Benson I say that's damn good company :-)
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Wow! This is amazing!
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You're the Man !!!, hand's down.I can listen to you all day, Great riding music
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You're Amazing ,Everyone should see you in person once
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Mr.Brown was one artist I've known for a while one of the best in the business!!
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Long time fan of his music and just George Benson he can sing too.
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ethayes9
Whats better than jazz?
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Love his work..love it
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