Stay with Me

Stay with Me

by Norman BrownNorman Brown


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Norman Brown won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album for Just Chillin', his fifth CD, but he says that his fans tell him their favorite recording of his was After the Storm, his second collection from 1994, and critics tend to agree. On Stay with Me, his seventh album and first for Peak Records after three each for MoJazz and Warner Bros., he returns, to an extent, to his earlier approach, which is to say there is a bit less of the overt crossover style of the Warner albums, as if he is aiming less at the "pop instrumental" prize and more at the "contemporary jazz" one. Still, there are radio-friendly vocals on many of these tracks (with Nikkole singing on "You Keep Lifting Me Higher" and Brown himself on "So in Love," the Brian McKnight-penned title track, "Every Little Thing," and "I Need You"), and the grooves remain constant. In fact, by looking back to his only slightly different earlier style, Brown has made an album that sounds more like the '80s than the 2000s. What stays intact, of course, is his fluid guitar playing, which is notable both for its rhythmic complexity and for the articulation he gets into his often quickly played notes. In that sense, the tunes and the arrangements are really incidental, although they may be more acceptable to old fans and those looking for a slightly higher jazz content.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2007
Label: Peak Records
UPC: 0888072302181
catalogNumber: 30218

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Norman Brown   Primary Artist
Sam Riney   Saxophone
Brian McKnight   Bass,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Alex Al   Bass
Rick Braun   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jeff Carruthers   Drums,Keyboards
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Dave Hooper   Drums
Herman Jackson   Keyboards
Munyungo Jackson   Percussion
Lloyd Tolbert   Drums,Keyboards
Roberto Vally   Bass
Kirk Whalum   Saxophone
Teddy Campbell   Drums
Prescott Ellison   Drums

Technical Credits

Norman Brown   Composer
Brian McKnight   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Kenneth Williams   Composer
Michael Vail Blum   Engineer
Jeff Carruthers   Arranger,Composer
Herman Jackson   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Lloyd Tolbert   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Mark Wexler   Executive Producer
Erik Zobler   Engineer
Andi Howard   Executive Producer
Gregory Muntana Gilmer   Art Direction
Paul Rayner-Brown   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Chris Wood   Engineer

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