B.W.B.'s sophomore album, 2013's Human Nature, features the smooth jazz supergroup's reworkings of songs by the late Michael Jackson. Once again showcasing the talents of guitarist Norman Brown, saxophonist Kirk Whalum, and trumpeter Rick Braun, B.W.B. lay down such Jackson favorites as "Billie Jean," "Beat It," "She's Out of My Life," "Man in the Mirror," and others.
Smooth jazz supergroup B.W.B. feature the talents of guitarist Norman Brown, saxophonist Kirk Whalum, and trumpeter Rick Braun. They released their debut album, Groovin', in 2002. In 2013, B.W.B. returned with their sophomore full-length, Human Nature, which featured instrumental jazz reworkings of songs by Michael Jackson. The group's third studio album, 2016's Braun-produced BWB, included backing from percussionist Lenny Castro, keyboardist Hamilton Hardin, bassist Nathaniel Kearney, Jr., and others.
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BWB consists of contemporary jazz cats Rick Braun (trumpet), Kirk Whalum (saxophones), and Norman Brown (guitar), who collectively honor the lush jazz-pop-R&B sound of Creed Taylor’s 1970s projects with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, guitarist George Benson, and saxophonist Stanley Turrentine for Taylor’s CTI label. Nearly all of those projects included jazz translations of contemporary pop hits by Taylor, Don Sebesky, or other arrangers (Benson’s album White Rabbit, for example). “It was all about having fun and being funky,” says Whalum, who first met Braun at rehearsals for the 1999 Montreux jazz festival. “The throwback to the CTI era was an obvious thread throughout, and we really rose to the challenge.”