Two years ago, soul-jazz guitarist dee Brown (http://deebrownmusic.com) was preparing for an August wedding to gospel singer Shaunia Edwards. When Edwards unexpectedly took ill and passed away, Brown was shattered. A spiritually-rooted man, he purposely chose to be purposeful with his grief and preserve for posterity “the season” that they shared. The Detroit native wrote what became the newly released “Remembering You,” an upbeat album of R&B, jazz, funk and instrumental pop originals that recalls many of their intimate memories and amorous moments while celebrating the vibrant joy and positivity Edwards exuded.
Brown’s expressive and lyrical electric jazz guitar serves as an evocative narrator throughout the set list that chronicles their connection, shares the cheer in Edwards’ own voice that she infused into the lives of those who knew her (the first single, “Hey Baby”), reflects the glee of their summer romance, honors the pledge they made, captures the energy and enthusiasm of their commitment and gratitude for having found each other, appreciates the soulful beauty they shared, and ends with a resonant parting, a promise that their love will endure.
Keyboardist Valdez Brantley (Usher’s former music director) co-wrote and co-produced most of “Remembering You” with Brown. Other notables contributing to the session, urban-jazz keyboardist-pianist Bob Baldwin helmed “I Will,” adding class and sophistication to the cosmopolitan sonicscape; flutist Althea Rene lends quixotic qualities to “Our Summer”; and keyboardist Nate Harasim co-penned and produced the sultry “Beauty Within.” The current single climbing the radio charts from Brown’s fourth album is the playful frolic “Pop the Question.”
The blessed circle of life becomes complete when Brown’s August wedding will happen after all. He takes marriage vows with “a beautiful child of God” on the 18th – a week after he performs at the River Raisin Jazz Festival outside of Detroit on August 11.