Richard Brown - Jazz Flute Artist
There are not many jazz flute artists in the world today and the number of truly great ones is minuscule by comparison. Richard Brown's razor-sharp, new CD shows that he belongs in the latter category and has both the skills and style to be a force in this underrepresented genre.
New isn't quite the right word since he wrote and recorded these songs fifteen years ago. At that time the technology wasn't in place for him to sell his music as jazz downloads. This album has been a long time coming and it is well worth the wait.
On this, his debut release, Brown plays in such a melodic way that listeners will simply be unable to forget them or his great performances any time soon. This musician know how to make each selection swing.
This CD finds Brown really coming into his own. The whole project from the selection of the material to the execution of the arrangements, reveals Brown's thoughtful craftsmanship. Brown plays sublimely on his new CD. He has a powerful way of expressing an extensive range of moods. This is one fine jazz release
Richard leads this fascinating range of music with, well-delivered solos. It's rare to hear such high quality flute music in jazz today. He offers a great musical experience. His approach to the flute is grounded in a deep understanding of the jazz flute tradition.
Each session on this CD features his flute in a program of inspired jazz tunes. Every selection swings with a balance of upbeat rhythm and smooth tones.
Brown exhibits his virtuosity through different feelings on each track. It's not hard to tell that fatherhood was on his mind when he wrote, "It's a Boy". The light, exuberant tune will have the listener grinning from ear to ear just as the composer probably was when he wrote the piece.
Each selection vibrates with magic. "Me and Dad" is a soaring, exhilarating number that would make an excellent, sentimental Father's day gift.
This album has it all. "One Heart, is a smooth, mellow piece that is just right to entertain two lovers spending a dreamy evening alone.
"Stop" shows off Brown's ability as a lyricist, as well. If the singer is Brown himself, then he has a second career waiting for him when he finishes his first. It will be a while though before this talent give up his Jazz flute.
He has produced a second album that hasn't yet been released even for review. That will be a treat worth waiting for.
The musical suggestions that the artist makes on this play list demonstrate an independent spirit and a free flute. Richard Brown has produced one of those rare releases that are available too seldom of late: a jazz flute album. Richard should soon be one of the jazz’s most talked about flautists
This CD finds Brown really coming into his own. This flautist, is proof once again that America produces a great crop of talented musicians. This album should have a four star rating. It is highly recommended.