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Glen Browne

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Primary Instrument: Bass, electric

Born: July 2, 1952    

Glen Browne: bassist extraordinaire, producer, and bandleader

During the 1970s when America’s best ever sibling group, The Jackson Five, produced a flood of Top 10 hits, and the Sylvers created a surfable swell, a Jamaican equivalent, The Browne Bunch, consisting of school-aged brothers Glen, Dalton, Noel, Cleveland and Danny Browne, was generating small ripples across Reggaeland

Glen, the eldest, born on July 2, 1952, was the first with the intense desire for music and the other brothers followed in his footsteps. They would, however, create a family tradition that trickled down to the next generation...
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Jamaican music hits the road
published: Sunday | September 2, 2007

Carolyn Johnson, Freelance Writer

”Israel is another good place for touring,” veteran bass player Glen Browne told The Sunday Gleaner. Browne has toured with the likes of Luciano, Jimmy Cliff, Monty Alexander and Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, as he puts it, all over the world.

Having worked with numerous reggae artistes, Browne has been on tour in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Kenya, Japan, North America and the Caribbean, to name a few countries and regions.

Instrumental albums could play second fiddle
published: Sunday | March 4, 2007

Glen Browne, musician and producer, who co-produced on two of pianist Monty Alexander's Marley tribute albums, Stir It Up and Concrete Jungle, and also co-produced on Robbie Lyn's Making Notes, says there is still a place and market for instrumental music.

”They categorise that type of music as 'Adult Contemporary', but what I find - because like my son, Robert Browne, he did an album called Birth - and I found on a couple of occasions, like when he performed at Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues, people were asking for the album and it was a mix of young and old,” Browne said.

”It depends on the era they cover, because even when people listen to Robbie Lyn's album with songs like Cherish The Love or Wild World, it takes people back to the days when they use to court. But like Robert (Browne), he had mostly originals and people appreciate the difference. So there is an audience for both eras,” he said.

Browne also made further comparisons with the likes of guitaristsDwight Pinkney and Wayne Armond, saying “They are in the same age group and they cater for an audience who would be in that age group who could easily relate to songs that they cover, while younger players like Dubwise (Robert Browne), come with newer ideas and there is a song on his album, Bob Marley's Sun Is Shining, that many people now gravitate to.”

Browne says “Each has its own genre and market, some bigger than others, like even with Monty Meets Sly and Robbie, done for Telarc Records, that had a great appeal because of the selection of songs. Sly chose songs coming from the 70s era, like People Make The World Go Round, Chameleon, Soulful Strut, Mercy Mercy and he even covered one of Jackie Mittoo's hit songs, Hot Milk.

”The one original that was called Monty's Groove got more international airplay, and that shows that there are still people looking for fresh stuff, but you break it to them with other songs that they are familiar with first,” he concluded.

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