Smooth Jazz Festival Mallorca 2017: Norman Brown

Guitarist Norman Brown needs no introduction, he has not only a string of solo albums, but also a few successful collaboration projects with BWB, West Coast Jam and others. With a brand new CD just out, he was ready to play. His band consisted of Marcus Finnie on drums, Marius Goldhammer on bass, Christof Lindner on guitar, Lutz Deterra on keys, plus Brian Simpson on keyboards. His enthusiastic high energy playing drew the crowd right in. He went through songs like "Better Days Ahead", "After The Storm", "For The Love Of You" and more, an especially enjoyable part of the show was when he paid tribute to his influences, playing some Jim Hendrix, followed by Wes Montgomery ("Bumpin' On Sunset") and George Benson ("This Masquerade"). He played a couple of songs from his new release Let It Go, "It Keeps Coming Back", a groovy track boasting his typical guitar style, and a solo cover of Michael Jackson's "Man In The Mirror" that was a nice change of pace. He finished his set with "That's The Way Love Goes" having people off their seats, an encore was requested and given with Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On", leaving a satisfied crowd.