When, back in 2004, revered producer and hit-maker Paul Brown released the album ‘Up Front’ it seemed no more than a temporary diversion from his ‘day job’ of future-proofing contemporary jazz for the twenty first century. However, such was the impact that ‘Up Front’ made he instantly emerged as a recording artist in his own right and although he has continued as a producer for both established and emerging smooth jazz performers his steadily growing discography has revealed another side to his musical persona.
This revelation continued apace in 2016 with ‘One Way Back’, an album that was fan-fared with the single ‘Put It Where You Want It’. A cool remake of the Crusaders hit from 1972, that on the original featured Larry Carlton, it proved to be a perfect fit for Brown’s bluesy style and much the same can be said of the latest single, ‘Piccadilly Circus’.
Co-written and co-performed by Brown and English smooth jazz superstar Chris Standring the track was inspired by the duo’s recent exploration of London while in town to perform dual shows at the Pizza Express jazz club.
Replete with hallmarks of both players’ distinctive styles this one is a real winner.