Who Killed Davey Moore?

9/13/17 Ultiminio “Sugar” Ramos died last week. Ramos was a world-championship featherweight boxer active in the 50’s and 60’s who started his professional career at the age of 15. He was born and then raised dirt-poor in Matanzas, Cuba in the 1940’s. Ramos stood just shy of 5 feet 5 inches, but he hit asContinue reading “Who Killed Davey Moore?”

The Mighty Falls of Niagara

She’s Powerful and Majestic, an eternal reminder of the absolute dominion of Mother Nature over mere mortals like ourselves.  The Falls of Niagara would wipe out the world’s strongest man, annihilate the most powerful army, she takes no prisoners… For the adventurous traveler, the Falls are not the only highlight of the region; for sure they’re theContinue reading “The Mighty Falls of Niagara”

listen now: Native Son – composed by J. Pelt, performed by The CO-OP Quintet

An incredible (we think) composition by Jeremy Pelt, and an all-out aural assault by the brilliant CO-OP quintet.  Native Son is a track that should have made the LP, but didn’t.  We’re still not sure why it didn’t, but either way, here it is in all it’s electric glory – please gorge on it asContinue reading “listen now: Native Son – composed by J. Pelt, performed by The CO-OP Quintet”

On buying your food locally…

the local food craze continues to hit new heights in popularity.  we at brown bros. have been on this bandwagon with fervor, for many, many years.  why you may ask? heavily processed and fake foods have been around for a while now – they too, have been growing in popularity.  the average American is overweight andContinue reading “On buying your food locally…”

Wes Montgomery Invades BBR Guitar Week

    BBR jazz guitar week ends at the summit with John Leslie “Wes” Montgomery. Wes started out on 4 string tenor guitar and when he switched to the 6 string version he leapt into jazz history. Lionel Hampton first made Wes popular by exposing him to his big audience.  Wes’ hero was Charlie ChristianContinue reading “Wes Montgomery Invades BBR Guitar Week”

The Greatest Band in Rock History – THE BAND!

The 5 members of The Band:  Rick Danko (bass and vocals), Robbie Robertson (guitar), Levon Helm (drums and vocals), Richard Manuel (Keys and Vocals) and Garth Hudson (Keys) represent the absolute pinnacle of Rock and Roll Music. Initially coming together as the backing band for howlin’ Ronnie Hawkins in the early 60’s, they called themselvesContinue reading “The Greatest Band in Rock History – THE BAND!”

Peter Tosh – Don’t you watch his size, he’s dangerous…

What a complicated life Peter Tosh lived.  Equal parts mega-success and huge disappointment, but ultimately  downright tragic.  Tosh is a legend that history does not quite know how to evaluate. Born Winston McIntosh in Westmoreland (the western most parish of Jamaica), and a founding member of The Wailers with Bob Marley and Bunny Livingston, the man is a foundationalContinue reading “Peter Tosh – Don’t you watch his size, he’s dangerous…”

Who was Gustav Vigeland ?

Gustav Vigeland was one of the greatest and most prolific sculptors of all-time.  The Norwegian did most of his work in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and was the driving force behind one of the most beautiful parks you’ll ever have the good fortune to visit, Vigeland Park in Oslo : http://www.vigeland.museum.no/en/vigeland-park WasContinue reading “Who was Gustav Vigeland ?”

MLK ’17 – Brown Bros. in Action…

Doings of the Brown Brothers….. Academy Records NYC – 12th st. – among the crates…. Brown Bros #1 digging thru the crates @ Academy 12th st. The Modern Jazz Quartet- an obsession of the uptown Brown Bro these days… another look at today’s purchases – it’s an MJQ world….     Day started in LexingtonContinue reading “MLK ’17 – Brown Bros. in Action…”