Inspired by his mother’s death and his mentor’s massive stroke, R&B/jazz guitarist-bassist Aaron Brown felt a sense of urgency to create new music. As he works on his fourth album that he anticipates releasing in the fall, his BBP Records label will offer a preview when the single, “Mr. Jones,” goes for radio adds on March 21.
Brown wrote, produced and arranged the single named after his longtime friend and mentor, Gordon “G-man” Jones. Brown’s sinewy bass leaps to the fore over drummer Gene Faffley’s beats on the cut that features a prominent saxophone lead by guest star Pete Belasco, who admirably carries the melody with impassioned horn play. Dennis Johnson adds keyboard harmonies, embellishing Brown’s nuanced electric guitar.
So, you ask: who is Aaron Brown? Guitarist (truly a multi-instrumentalist), and composer Aaron Brown is FuBop Collective. FuBop is a collection of sounds that represents who he has become at this stage of his musical journey. Aaron’s path has taken him into countless recording sessions and gigs as side man and collaborator with Roy Ayers, John Lewis, Onaje Allen Gumbs, Omar Hakim, Trevor Gale, Buddy Williams, Marcus Miller, Doc Powell, Pete Belasco, Carol Steel, Mauricio Smith, Wayne Brathwaite, Glen Jones, Freddie Jackson, Tanya Willobough, Melissa Morgan, Miles Jaye, Kevin Jenkins, Warren McCray, Carmen Lundy, Larry Elgart Big band, Charlie Palmier, Connie james, Paul Lawrence, Lisette Wilson, Harlem Boys Choir, Ronnie Drayton, Gus Falcon, Gordon Jones, Raymond Jones, Sharon Bryant, Linda Watson-Brown and many more.