Smooth Jazz Scoop May 11, 2004

Norman Brown and Tom Grant have wrapped up new CDs. For Brown, it'll be his first since his Grammy-winning Just Chillin'. Grant's 20th CD will feature his vocals on some straight-ahead jazz.


NormanBrown_studio.jpgIt�s now confirmed that Smooth Jazz guitarist Norman Brown will release his eagerly anticipated new album, which is still untitled, in the middle of June. Norman�s sixth solo album is the follow-up to his Grammy-winning release from 2002, Just Chillin�,which won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album and whose title song was a #1 Smooth Jazz hit. Also picking up a Grammy for his work on Just Chillin� was producer and guitarist Paul Brown, who also produces a couple of songs on the new album. Although the jazz division of Warner Bros. recently closed, Norman remains signed to the label and the new album will be Norman�s third for the company.


TomGrant_onstage.jpgVeteran pianist Tom Grant � who has had many smooth jazz hits over the last 28 years � has finished work on his 20th solo album, a traditional jazz project called Nice Work If You Can Get It. The album, released on Tom�s Nu-Wrinkle label, features 11 songs, including two he decided to record after a trip to Brazil: Antonio Carlos Jobim�s �Desafinado� and �A Felicidade,� the latter with Nancy Curtin singing in Portuguese. Although he�s sung on albums before, this is the first that really features Tom�s vocals, on songs such as �You Make Me Feel So Young,� �People Will Say We�re in Love� and �I�m Old Fashioned.� There are also several instrumentals and solo piano pieces. Band members include Dave Captein and Phil Baker on bass, Gary Hobbs and Ron Steen on drums and Paul Mazzio and Richard Titterington on flugelhorn. Look for Nice Work If You Can Get It to be released on June 1, and a new smooth jazz CD early in 2005.