Personnel includes: Norman Brown (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Michael McDonald, Chante Moore, Debbie Nova, Mikki Howard (vocals); Larry Williams (saxophone); Rick Braun (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jerry Hey (flugelhorn); Bill Reichenbach (trombone); DOA (keyboards, guitar, bass, programming); John Stoddart (keyboards, drums, programming, background vocals); Phil Davis, Chris Bolden (keyboards. programming); Ricky Peterson, Herman Jackson, James Poyser (keyboards); John "Jubu" Smith (acoustic guitar); Tony Maiden (guitar); Alex Al, Pino Palladino (bass); Lil' John Roberts (drums); Lenny Castro, Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Vikter Duplaix, Paul Brown (programming); Sheree Ford, Leela James (background vocals).
Producers: Paul Brown, DOA, Norman Brown, James Poyser, Vikter Duplaix.
JUST CHILLIN' won the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album.
Break out the white wine and slip into something more comfortable, 'cause Norman Brown is JUST CHILLIN'. For his second Warner Brothers album, this guitar-playing Angeleno leads the way through 10 songs of lightly nuanced jazz with just enough R&B overtones to qualify for Quiet Storm status. Working his way through mostly self-penned instrumentals, Brown offers crisp phrasing and warm-toned bounce, from the infectious, bossa-nova flavored "Dancing In The House" to the more subdued, but no less engaging one-two punch of "The Feeling I Get" and the title track.
Aiding Brown in his escapades are vocalists Chante Moore (a sensual "Feeling The Way"), Michael McDonald (the soulful "I Still Believe"), Miki Howard (a simmering "Not Like You Do"), and newcomer Debbie Nova (the playful "Won't You Stay"). Equally impressive is Brown's subtle interpretation of Janet Jackson's "Let's Wait Awhile," with a treatment befitting the memory of Wes Montgomery. So kick back, relax, and make sure you're JUST CHILLIN' with Norman Brown.
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