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JEWEL BROWN'S LEGACY ALBUM!
The ten sultry and sassy jazz and blues-inflected tracks of Jewel Brown’s Thanks for Good Ole’ Music and Memories reflect not only a thriving songwriting collaboration between her and the album’s producer Nic Allen, but also an acknowledgment of the singer’s formidable legacy both in some of the lyrics of the originals, and in the choices to revisit two songs that touch on important parts of her musical history, “Jerry” (Did You Hear About Jerry?), her one-time signature tune, and “Song of the Dreamer” penned by her ex, Eddie Curtis.
“Jerry” (featuring RADS Krusaders & Live! In the Clutch) is all sassy, funked up Latin/soul-jazz magic as she tells the colorful tale of the violent life of the “Arkansas Mule.” Over several mood swings and rhythmic changes, Brown brings a sense of sweet intimacy to “Song of the Dreamer,” arranged as a horn-drenched R&B ballad with touches of jazz and blues. It’s a song about getting back to her beloved; taken metaphorically, we can apply it to her long-awaited return to music.
Her early recordings on Liberty Records in the 1950’s (produced by Clyde Otis) included “I Ain’t Givin’ Up Nothing” and “I Must Be Dreaming.” Over the years, in addition to 14 album appearances and three solo albums, she performed with Hampton, Sample, Dizzy Gillespie, Houston's Arnett Cobb and many others.