Born: February 1, 1940 Primary Instrument: Bass
Bassist Tyrone Brown has recorded over 125 CDs to date including six with legendary drummer Max Roach, six with saxophonist Odean Pope, five with Grover Washington, Jr. (two went gold Live At The Bijou and Reed Seed), four with guitarist Pat Martino, three with Bobby Zankel, and one each with vocalist Rachelle Ferrell and pianist Dave Burrell. An alumnus of the famed Berklee School Of Music, Brown received a fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and won a grant from the Pennsylvania Council On The Arts for Artistic Excellence in Jazz Composition 2001...
This sort of chamber jazz stuff is right up my alley. Any players trying to bridge the gap between European classical music and American jazz will get a good listen from me, even if it doesn't always work that perfectly. This group has lots going for it: Brown is one of the grooviest bassists playing today; he's been with Nat Adderly, Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard and Max Roach, among others. John Blake is one of the greatest living jazz violinists, with 35 CDs to his name. The other string players come from various symphonies and string quartets of note, and percussionist William Duke Wilson adds his rhythm touches to the strings on a couple of the tracks. Bassist Brown adds three of his own tunes to the CD, and the two standards 'All the Things You Are' and 'Softly as in a Morning Sunrise' provide welcome familiarity in the program. (The first is a striking unaccompanied violin solo by Blake.) - John Henry, Audiophile Audition, March 2000
The Tyrone Brown Sting Sextet's 'Song of the Sun' is another winner. This all-string sextet comprised of Tyrone Brown (g, bg), John Blake (v), Melissa Ortega (v) Beth Dzwil (viola), Nina Cottman (viola), Ron Lipscomb (c) and William 'Duke' Wilson (perc) give us a different sound, and one that is refreshing. - Anthony Callender, The Stereo Times, April 2000.
Tyrone plays with the passion and flair of a flamenco guitarist. - Bob Blumenthal, Boston Globe News