Picks and Pans Review: Love Approach
His debut album last year—coyly titled Browne Sugar—made the jazz charts and established the young trumpeter (now 25) as one of the potential stars of the fusion movement. This follow-up, though slightly overrestrained at times, will solidify that position. The arrangements—by Browne, Dave Grusin, Weldon Irvine and Lesette Wilson—are a funky, low-key jazz-rock, and Browne plays with great control, rarely sacrificing his melodic line to the temptation to show off his technical virtuosity. A New Yorker, he studied physics at Kingsborough College before playing behind such performers as Lonnie Smith and Sonny Fortune. His backups here include New York jazz regulars like Grusin on keyboards and Bob Franceshini on sax, as well as two youngsters, bassist Marcus Miller, 21, and keyboardist Bernard Wright, 17. Like Browne, they are alumni of New York City’s High School of Music and Art. Their contributions help create an eminently listenable, danceable LP.