First Listen: Funkin' For Jamaica's Tom Browne helps Johnny Britt bring the funk

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    (May 20, 2024) Tom Browne’s 1980  banger “Jamaica Funk” is a classic. With that song, Browne conducted a master class on how to make danceable, on-the-one jazzy funk. “Jamaica Funk” is a tune that has held up remarkably well more than 40 years after its release. It’s easy to see why a generation of trumpet players who operate in that same jazzy funk vein would view Browne as an inspiration and mentor.

    That is the case for Johnny Britt, the nu-jazz horn player who made his mark as one half of the band Imprompt2 and as a solo artist. Britt recalls being blown away while watching Browne perform in Paris. Britt was studying at a conservatory at the time, and Browne made a lasting impression on a young Johnny Britt.

    (May 20, 2024) Tom Browne’s 1980  banger “Jamaica Funk” is a classic. With that song, Browne conducted a master class on how to make danceable, on-the-one jazzy funk. “Jamaica Funk” is a tune that has held up remarkably well more than 40 years after its release. It’s easy to see why a generation of trumpet players who operate in that same jazzy funk vein would view Browne as an inspiration and mentor.

    That is the case for Johnny Britt, the nu-jazz horn player who made his mark as one half of the band Imprompt2 and as a solo artist. Britt recalls being blown away while watching Browne perform in Paris. Britt was studying at a conservatory at the time, and Browne made a lasting impression on a young Johnny Britt.

    Britt’s new song, “Ain’t Nothin But the Funk” offered him a chance to collaborate with one of his musical heroes, and it was an opportunity that Browne didn’t want to pass up as well. When Tom Agreed, I immediately went into the studio to record 'Ain’t Nuthin But the Funk.'”

    The cut has that jazzy funk vibe that both Britt and Browne have always brought to their music. The pair are supported by a kicking rhythm section that keeps the groove bouncing and gives Britt and Browne space to engage in a conversation of trumpet. When one calls the other responds and the paring is so seamless that the listener can’t tell where Britt begins and Browne ends. Check it out here.

    By Howard Dukes

    Johnny Britt feat. Tom Browne
    "Aint Nothin' But The Funk"