Label: RCA Victor - PCS-1022 • Series: Canada International • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo • Country: Canada • Genre: Jazz •
Canuckistan Music. In May RCA announced the first in a trilogy of records showcasing a jazz artist in each of the country's three metropolises, to be issued on the label's boutique RCA Canada International imprint. Browne was actually an Ottawa native, having moved there from Montreal as a teenager with his family.
The self-taught musician idolized the likes of Art Tatum, George Shearing and Oscar Peterson and was already playing at hospitals and senior's homes while still in secondary school. After graduating from Fisher Park High School, Browne attended the University of Ottawa, taking steady gigs around town, including live-to-radio concerts from the Beacon Arms Hotel, where he regularly performed with his trio.
Browne had only recently relocated to Toronto when he was chosen by RCA as its musical representative. On The Toronto Scenewhich features Pearson 'Skip' Beckwith on bass and Donald Vickery on drums, he takes us through eight relatively short tracks of varying tempo and complexity. Of the slower tracks, his languorous rendition of 'Georgia on My Mind' is clearly the best, whereas at the more uptempo end of the spectrum is the frenetic reworking of 'When the Saints Go Marching In' here retitled as 'Home Again'.
On the latter track, both Browne and his rhythm section are on fire, no Hysteria - Mark OLeary / Uri Caine / Ben Perowsky - Closure influenced in part by Al Hirt's own feverish version just a couple of years before this.
Of the three Browne originals, the standout has to be 'Toot That Whistle', a wonderful two-minute interplay between Browne and Vickery that really ought to be rediscovered. Though none of the discs was a million-seller, RCA seemed happy enough, with the Nov.
He Toot That Whistle - Brian Browne Trio - The Toronto Scene his drinking though not the drugs in but left his wife and kids a few years later. But just a few years after that, he was in New York running a pool hall that attracted the city's seedier Jew Blues - Percewoods Onagram - Ameurope. The burly pianist, who had to break up fights on more than one occasion, once claimed to have Toot That Whistle - Brian Browne Trio - The Toronto Scene in court that the sound of a pool cue fracturing a skull sounded like "the sound of Darryl Strawberry hitting a home run".
Browne finally settled down in his sixties when he found himself back in Ottawa to care for his ailing parents. Once back in the capital, he re-inserted himself into the local music scene, schlepping his own keyboard to restaurant gigs, giving lessons in his apartment and even making the odd recording.
Browne unfortunately had to fight multiple cancers in his final years and passed away in at the age of We are accepting submissions.
99 - Mr Coop* - Geto G / 99 / Poisonous Game, Shifter (S-Mans Heartbreaka Mix) - Timo Maas Feat. MC Chickaboo - Shifter, Falling On My Head - Various - Artists Collective 0001, Amigo - Various - Roots Of Reggae