Jazz-rock fusion guitarist Dean Brown has died at the age of 68

Sorry to hear of the death of that fine jazz-rock fusion guitarist Dean Brown - known for his work with Billy Cobham, the Brecker Brothers, David Sanborn and Marcus Miller - who has died of cancer at the age of 68. We've put together a brief …

Published: 28 Jan 2024. Updated: 30 days.

Sorry to hear of the death of that fine jazz-rock fusion guitarist Dean Brown - known for his work with Billy Cobham, the Brecker Brothers, David Sanborn and Marcus Miller - who has died of cancer at the age of 68. We've put together a brief playlist of some of his great work down the years on his own and other people's records.

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Reinhardt Winkler, Drop Me Off, Challenge ***

Again a case of a lot of well known names on this very amiable album of Austrian drummer Reinhardt Winkler's. While it's a very middle of the road mainstream outing modernists like saxophonist-flautist Wolfgang Puschnig chip in readily enough. …

Published: 28 Jan 2024. Updated: 30 days.

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Again a case of a lot of well known names on this very amiable album of Austrian drummer Reinhardt Winkler's. While it's a very middle of the road mainstream outing modernists like saxophonist-flautist Wolfgang Puschnig chip in readily enough. Mainstreamer's mainstreamer Harry Allen provides gallons of creamy solos and sets the tone more in terms of idiom and is best going all Getzian on Claus Ogerman's 'Little Rio' at the beginning. Bass duties are filled by Boris Koslov while pianist John di Martino is gentle and persuasive on 'When It's Sleepy Time Down South' and there is a pleasant vocal contribution from Simone Kopmajer on her own co-written 'Good Advice' and on Randy Newman's 'It's So Hard Living Without You'. A Sunday morning lie-in sort of a record. If it has a fault it's just too easy going.