Listen Here Now: “Community Theme Song” by Wycliffe Gordon

 

Turn it UP!

“Community Theme Song” – titled “The Theme” on The CO-OP LP (2017) exclusively on Brown Brothers Recordings, is a late 60’s sounding (but wholly original) soul-jazz burner written by the great Wycliffe Gordon.

This song is featured on Side A (track #2) of the LP, and with beautiful communal backing by Derrick Hodge on bass, Warren Wolf on Vibraphones, Kendrick Scott on drums, and the soulful stylings of Mr. Jeremy Pelt on Trumpet.

This song was performed live and during both sets (to our knowledge the only “live in front of an audience” performances ever) on 1/22/18 @ The Blue Note in NYC during the flagship Jazz-Ageddon engagement (wait a second, did he just say Jazz-Ageddon?).  This live performance was backed by Ray Angry on Keys, Warren Wolf on Vibes, Ben Williams on bass, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, James Carter and Tia Fuller on saxophones and Marcus Gilmore on drums (or was it Ali Jackson on drums)….

We hope you enjoy this one and check out the other music we’re sharing on this site and elsewhere.  If the music moves you, please share liberally with yer friends and loved ones.  This is music that makes the heart and soul stronger, performed by a cast of elite gentlemen and artists.

#NowJazz forever.

the brown bros. ’18

 

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New York Times, New York History

Jazz-Ageddon started out as a hazy idea in Steve Mandel’s apartment in Summer, 2017.  It evolved into one of the most bitterly disputed executions in label history.  But over 3 nights in January 2018 it took on a life of its own.  Thanks to the glue of modern day BBR, the world class vibraphonist Warren Wolf, and many, many others this wily live beast refused to die.  The New York Times highlighted its first-day, first set as one of its monthly selections of standout shows.  Jazz writer extraordinaire Gio Russonnello also singled out My First Mine from our Gold Sounds cd and The Theme (whose title underwent a name-ectomy to The Community Theme Song) from our vinyl lp and digital stream and download The Co-Op as noteworthy.

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listen here now ! “Katrina” – an original composition by Warren Wolf

As heard live most recently in duet with Cyrus Chestnut @ An Die Musik in Baltimore on 1/12 & 1/13/18, and then with a bigger band (Warren, Ray Angry, Ben Williams, Willie Jones 3, Myron Walden and Mr. Sean Jones) on the final nite (both sets – 1/24) with the Jazz-Ageddon crew @ the Blue Note NYC – this is a Warren Wolf composition entitled “Katrina” – a riveting story song that the creator has described as “protest jazz”.

The version that you’re listening to (or will be if you hit play) is from The CO-OP LP, recorded back in 2007, but only recently released by Brown Brothers Recordings (and available to purchase on this site on beautifully pressed 180 gram Germanic vinyl).   The CO-OP is Warren Wolf, Wycliffe Gordon, Jeremy Pelt, Derrick Hodge and Kendrick Scott.

We hope you enjoy, and please spread the word…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brown Brothers 2017 Year in Review Part 2

It’s been a year of seismic change on planet Brown Brothers.  The Co-Op lp earned us our second consecutive group of rave reviews after label debut and critically lauded Gold Sounds, live shows were booked, cancelled and viciously fought over and my brother Arvin Suback came on board as my writing colleague for BBR missives. Through it all the label continues to propagate passion like two nymphomaniacs on an ecstasy binge. We saw some great live music this year, with standout sets being a duo perf by BBR fave Aaron Diehl and the Co-Op’s Warren Wolf 1/4/17 at Mezzrow, Gold Sounds’ Cyrus Chestnut with legends Buster Williams and Lenny White on 2/25/17 at Birdland, Roy Hargrove at the Blue Note on 3/23/17, Co-Op drummer Kendrick Scott at the Jazz Standard on 8/30/17 and Co-Op producer/trumpeter Jeremy Pelt at Smoke 12/30/17.

Those brawling Brown Brothers hit the road for a tandem  whirlwind trip to Baltimore in July and separate voyages through the US and Europe.

2018 promises to be a special year where we gather momentum, plan our next project and no doubt hurl some invective along with the great music.

From Arvin, Big Daddy, Jake and all of us at Brown Brothers we want to thank you for riding with us and look forward to picking up new passengers on our musical journey.

–Alan Suback, somewhere over North Carolina. 1/3/18.

Evergreen

We don’t make music with an expiration date. Release dates, promotion and sales are all concepts which are traditionally temporal in the music business but we want to establish a new paradigm: forever music. We’re just as excited about Gold Sounds today as the day we went into the studio or got the first boxes of cds from the manufacturer.  The Co-Op took us ten years between recording and release but it doesn’t matter. Spin that righteous record today and by the end of side two you won’t know whether it’s 2008, 2018 or 2118. There may be nothing new except the history you don’t know but there are still events happening all the time. We want our events to be forever. Forever music, forever Brown Brothers. Happy new year y’all.

 

Brown Brothers ’17 Year in Review: Part 1

In the early Spring of ’17, the Brown Brothers, in association with their visual artist extraordinaire, Mr. Michael Anderson, created an art-stunt in celebration of the release of the label’s 2nd project – The CO-OP.

The project was spurred by Anderson, when on a creative sojourn to Brooklyn with the Brown Bros., they discovered the empty shell of a building just at the BK side of the Williamsburg Bridge.  Anderson mused that they should cover the windows with art from the CO-OP LP….

Fast forward a few months, and the project came to fruition after the team hunted down the building owner and struck a deal for this installation. The work was arduous (all done by Anderson, save some comic relief and the purchase of copious amounts of cold beer) as the early July heat was intense.  After several hours, the building was encrusted in shades of CO-OP, and the team retired to Peter Lugers (just 20 or so yards away) for a celebratory dinner consisting of Shrimp, Tomato and Onion, well-done Slab Bacon, heady plates of medium-rare Porterhouse, Spinach (both creamed and sauteed) and some well-done germanic Home Fries.

Thanks for tuning in to this story – the 1st in what promises to be some serious, serious fun for you all as we head towards the end of ’17.

Wishing you Glad Tidings from NYC,

Arvin Suback (of the battling Suback brothers)

Art Stunt or art-stunt or artstunt or finally, ArtStunt
Brooklyn USA Summer ’17

 

Grassroots revolution

Outcome determinative. It’s one of the most deadly phrases in the English language. It started in the legal profession as a way for federal courts to decide whether they should show deference to state law in federal cases where state law should control.  But, it has morphed into a way of thinking so pervasive that it has eaten U.S. culture like a plague.  Basically outcome deteminative thinking holds that if something-a product, a politician a life– is not successful it has no worth.  And today’s undisputed cultural metric for success is money.  The notion is so ingrained in our collective American mindset that it’s afficted even the goodly hearted.  As Lou Reed intoned though, “the goodly-hearted made lampshades and soap” so maybe the idea is not so new.  Nevertheless, at least one faction of the Brown Brothers heirarchy is dedicated to starting a movement to defeat outcome-determinism.  By zealously emphasizing process over results we hope to plant and cultivate a grassroots revolution.  It won’t be easy and it may never end, but the fight is self-validating.  Make America Great Again? Absolutely. By tiny increments of separating good from money.

All this useless plugging

Forget the non-stop shilling for a second. Close your eyes and picture yourself in a quaint townhouse smack dab in he middle of Baltimore on the open floor second storey. You are sitting in a chair among 100 or so other people on a Friday or Saturday night in mid-January 2018. There is beautiful music playing and two of the most purely musical spirits playing that music. Now open your eyes.

The CO-OP : 

“…a beautiful, diverse, perfect session of jazz.”

– Jazz Times November ’17

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“This is among the most three-dimensional, warm and transparent digital recordings I’ve ever heard.”

– Analog Planet January ’17
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Canada:

Sonic Boom – Toronto http://sonicboommusic.com

June Records – Toronto https://junerecords.com/

California:

Amoeba Records – San Francisco https://www.amoeba.com

The Audio Salon – Santa Monica http://www.audiosalon.com/contact-us/map-directions/

Dimple Records – Sacramento https://www.dimple.com

Salzers Records – Ventura http://www.salzers.com

Soundsations-  Los Angeles http://www.soundsationsrecords.com

Florida:

Donut Shoppe Records – Orlando  http://www.eldonutshoppe.com

Sweat Records – Miami  http://sweatrecordsmiami.com

Yesterday and Today Records – Miami  http://www.vintagerecords.com

Radioactive Records – Fort Lauderdale  http://radio-active-records.tumblr.com

Georgia:

Wax n Facts –  Atlanta http://www.waxnfacts.com

Idaho:

Record Exchange –  Boise http://www.therecordexchange.com

Illinois:

Dusty Groove – Chicago https://www.dustygroove.com/

Sugah Records – Chicago https://www.shugarecords.com/

Reckless Records – Chicago https://reckless.com/

Record Breakers – Chicago http://www.reggieslive.com/photos/record-breakers/

Indiana:

Vinyl Rescue Project –  Greenwood http://www.vinyl-rescue-project.com

Kentucky:

Cd Central – Lexington  http://www.cdcentralmusic.com

Maryland:

El Suprimo Records – Baltimore http://www.elsuprimo.com/

Celebrated Summer Records – Baltimore https://www.facebook.com/Celebrated-Summer-Records-102268616492594/

True Vine Records – Baltimore http://www.thetruevinerecordshop.com/

Massachusetts:

Newbury Comics – Cambridge, Newbury St. and Northampton stores (for now, expanding imminently)  https://www.newburycomics.com/pages/locations/

New York:

The Jazz Center Records – NYC http://jazzrecordcenter.com

Academy Records – NYC  http://academy-records.com

Human Head Brooklyn – http://humanheadnyc.com/

Infinity Records – Massapequa Park www.infinityRecordsusa.com

High Fidelity CDs and Records – Amityville http://www.highfidelitycds.com

Rough Trade Records Brooklyn http://www.roughtradenyc.com/

A1 Records NYC  http://www.a1recordshop.com

The Strand Bookstore 8 miles of books http://www.strandbooks.com

North Carolina:

Lunchbox Records – Charlotte http://www.lunchboxrecords.com

Ohio:

Records Per Minute, Columbus https://www.facebook.com/RecordsPerMinute/

Norway:

Big Dipper – Oslo  http://bigdipper.no/

Pennsylvania:

Main Street Music – Manayunk  https://www.facebook.com/MainStreetMusicPA-109854695706800/

Repo Records – Philadelphia http://www.reporecords.com

Attic Records – Pittsburgh http://atticrecordstoreinc.com/

Sweden:

Snickars Records – Stockholm http://www.snickarsrecords.com/

Tennessee:

Grimeys – Nashville http://www.grimeys.com

Washington:

Silver Platters – Seattle http://www.silverplatters.com/

Zion’s Gate Records – Seattle  Click here for store