A Triple Dare worth taking: superstar trio BWB returns with their third album, BWB, an entirely original collection handcrafted by Norman Brown (guitar-vocals), Kirk Whalum (saxophone-flute-vocals) and Rick Braun (trumpet-flugelhorn-valve trombone-vocals) combining only the gritty and greasiest elements of Kansas City jazz, Memphis soul and Philly funk. The self-titled, ten-track set struts and seduces with swagger and sophistication along with a mischievous dash of “sweet, tart and tasty” guaranteed to make you “Turn Up” and “Bust A Move.”
The sound concept is loose, spontaneous and fun garage band grooves that incorporate elements from each musician’s hometown roots: Whalum’s Memphis backyard barbecue soul, Brown’s Kansas City cool jazz and Braun’s sweaty Philly funk. Of special interest is the clever incorporation of Indian music motifs along with Whalum’s flute on the exotic amalgam “Bolly Bop.” Organic, spirited, live-sounding instrumentals ignited by combustive horn power and raw R&B guitar riffs, a few singalong vocal choruses (“Bust A Move,” “Lemonade” and “Turn Up”) and cooed come-ons (“I Want You Girl” and “Hey Baby”) add to the boisterous party tone of the disc.
BWB is a musical event worthy of celebration whenever three premier recording artists who individually and collectively have amassed dozens of No. 1 singles, a catalogue of chart-topping albums and a couple of GRAMMY®’s get together to make a record, putting solo careers on hold, for the third time in 14 years.
“What we have here is head bobbin, toe tapping, finger snapping, stink face shoulder action glide and stride ’cause you gotta move to the funky grooves … BWB is off the chain good!!!” ABYSSJazz
BWB has already begun touring nationally in support of the new release with a busy slate of festival headline dates on the books through summer, 2016 which can be found on their tour date’s page.