Dean Brown (guitarist)

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Dean Brown
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Background information
Born (1955-08-19) August 19, 1955 (age 63)
Chateauroux, France
GenresJazz fusion
Years active1982–present
LabelsESC, JVC Victor, BHM, Moosicus

Dean Brown (born August 19, 1955) is an American jazz fusion guitarist and session musician.


Dean Brown graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1977. During that time in Boston he performed with his own groups as well as Tiger's Baku, replacing Mike Stern in that group before moving to New York around 1980 and joining Billy Cobham's band.

Since 1982 Brown has been recording and/or touring worldwide with his own projects as well as with artists Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Eric Clapton, Billy Cobham, The Brecker Brothers, Roberta Flack, Bob James, Joe Zawinul, George Duke, Victor Bailey, Bill Evans, and Steve Smith's Vital Information.

As a solo artist, Brown has produced five solo CDs with his fifth solo CD "Rolajafufu" just being released in Spring 2016. His first titled "Here" (2001) on ESC Records, is his all-star debut CD featuring jazz greats Michael Brecker, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Billy Cobham, George Duke, Randy Brecker, Christian McBride, Don Alias, Bill Evans, Bernard Wright and many others. His second record "Groove Warrior" (2004) on ESC Records, features another all-star lineup with Lalah Hathaway, Marcus Miller, Bernard Wright, JuJu House, Poogie Bell, Schuyler Deale, Booker King, and Patches Stewart, just to name a few. His third "DBIII" (2009) [1] on the BHM label features an all-star power trio with musical greats Dennis Chambers and Will Lee. His fourth CD "Unfinished Business"(2012) featuring yet another all-star cast of musicians with Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Kirk Whalum, Dennis Chambers, Jimmy Earl, Gerry Etkins and Hadrien Feraud among others.

Brown's studio guitar work can be heard on over 100 albums, including four Grammy Award winners. Records such as the Brecker Brothers' Return of the Brecker Brothers[2] and Out of the Loop,[3] Marcus Miller's The Sun Don't Lie, Billy Cobham's Warning, and Joe Zawinul's Faces and Places are just a few out of the long list. His live performances include DVDs with Marcus Miller, Billy Cobham, Gil Evans, David Sanborn, Louie Bellson, Bob James, and Steve Smith's Vital Information. Brown's compositions and arrangements are featured on albums by Les McCann, Dennis Chambers, Ricky Peterson, Steve Smith's Vital Information, and Billy Cobham.

As an educator and clinician Dean conducts master classes at schools and venues at home and abroad and teaches several classes of his own curriculum at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California since 2006. Dean has also released an instructional/live DVD with publishing giant Hal Leonard for Musicians Institute titled "Modern Techniques for the Electric Guitarist"(2008) and has had several featured instructional articles in Guitar Player Magazine (US), Guitar World (US), Gittare and Bass (G), Bass Player, Jazz Life (Jp), Big Box (I), Muzikus (Cz), Guitarist (Fr) and 20th Century Guitar magazines (US). Dean and Runfly Studios have developed and released a popular ear training iPhone/iPad app called 'Pickup Tunes' based on his teaching techniques.


As leader[edit]

  • Here (Esc, 2001)
  • Groove Warrior (JVC, 2004)
  • DB III (BHM, 2009)
  • Unfinished Business (Moosicus, 2012)
  • Rolajafufu (Audio & Video Labs, 2016)[4]

As sideman[edit]

With the Brecker Brothers

  • 1992 Return of the Brecker Brothers
  • 1994 Out of the Loop

With Randy Brecker

  • 2001 Hangin' in the City
  • 2013 The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion

With Dennis Chambers

  • 2002 Outbreak
  • 2006 Planet Earth

With Billy Cobham

  • 1982 Smokin' Live at Montreux
  • 1982 Observations +
  • 1985 Warning
  • 1986 Power Play
  • 1999 By Design
  • 2008 Fruit from the Loom

With Bill Evans

  • 1999 Touch
  • 2001 Soul Insider

With Roberta Flack

  • 1997 The Christmas Album
  • 2003 Holiday
  • 2012 Let It Be Roberta

With Bob James

  • 1988 Ivory Coast
  • 1990 Grand Piano Canyon
  • 1994 Restless

With Jason Miles

  • 1994 World Tour
  • 1996 Mr. X
  • 2000 A Love Affair: The Music of Ivan Lins
  • 2000 Celebrating the Music of Weather Report
  • 2001 To Grover With Love
  • 2005 Miles to Miles: In the Spirit of Miles Davis
  • 2006 What's Going On: The Music of Marvin Gaye

With Marcus Miller

  • 1993 The Sun Don't Lie
  • 1994 Tales
  • 1999 Live and More
  • 2003 Ozell Tapes
  • 2005 Silver Rain

With David Sanborn

  • 1994 Hearsay
  • 1996 Songs from the Night Before
  • 1999 Inside

With Steve Smith

  • 1983 Vital Information
  • 1984 Orion
  • 1987 Global Beat

With Kirk Whalum

  • 1988 And You Know That
  • 1989 The Promise
  • 1993 Cache

With Lenny White

  • 1995 Present Tense
  • 1996 Renderers of Spirit

With others

  • 1982 Tiger Okoshi, Mudd Cake
  • 1987 Lee Venters, 388 Marlborough Street
  • 1988 Al Corley, The Big Picture
  • 1988 Rob Prester, Trillium
  • 1988 Roland Vasquez, The Tides of Time
  • 1992 Takeshi "T.K." Ito, Visions
  • 1992 Steps Ahead, Yin Yang
  • 1993 Gary Rosen, Tot Rock
  • 1993 The Mann Brothers, Mann to Mann
  • 1993 Color Me Badd, Time and Chance
  • 1996 Bernard Purdie, Soul to Jazz
  • 1996 Tom Coster, From the Street
  • 1997 Eddie Harris, The Last Concert
  • 1997 John Favicchia, World Time
  • 1997 Till Bronner, Midnight
  • 1997 Weldon Irvine, Spoken Melodies
  • 1999 Ricky Peterson, Souvenir
  • 1999 Master Vel, The Price of Freedom
  • 1999 Nelson Rangell, Always
  • 2000 Bikithi Kumalo, "In Front of My Eyes"
  • 2000 Joe Piket, Nine Times Framed
  • 2001 David Mann, Touch
  • 2001 John Favicchia, Dharma
  • 2001 Victor Bailey, That's Right
  • 2002 Gato Barbieri, Shadow of the Cat
  • 2002 Joe Zawinul, Faces and Places
  • 2002 Les McCann, Pump It Up
  • 2003 Bernard Maseli, The Globetrotters: Fairytales of the Trees
  • 2003 Cassandra Reed, Cassandra Reed
  • 2003 Eric Marienthal, Sweet Talk
  • 2003 Freddie Cole, In the Name of Love
  • 2004 Maximum Grooves, Coast to Coast
  • 2006 Alex Fox, Influences
  • 2006 Bradley Leighton with Jason Miles, Bradley Leighton with Jason Miles
  • 2006 Mauri Sanchez, Good Vibes
  • 2006 Poogie Bell, Get On the Kit
  • 2007 Keith Anderson, Let's Roll
  • 2007 Steve Adelson, Adventures in Stickology
  • 2008 Razl, Rotonova
  • 2009 Cheikh Ndoye, A Child's Tale
  • 2009 Mauri Sanchis, Groove Words
  • 2009 Michael Schmidt, Destination
  • 2013 Global Noize, Sly reimagined
  • 2013 The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine, It's About Time


  • 1987 Steve Smith, Part I and II
  • 2001 David Sanborn, David Sanborn and Friends
  • 2002 Gil Evans, Gil Evans and His Orchestra
  • 2003 Louie Bellson, Louie Bellson and His Big Band
  • 2006 Marcus Miller Master of All Trades
  • 2007 Billy Cobham/Louie Bellson, Cobham Meets Bellson
  • 2008 Dean Brown, Modern Techniques for the Electric Guitarist


  1. ^ "CD/LP Review: Dean Brown with Dennis Chambers and Will Lee Release "DBIII: Live in Tokyo"". All About Jazz. 2009-11-18. Archived from the original on 2010-03-17. Retrieved 2010-04-22.
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Return of the Brecker Brothers". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-04-22.
  3. ^ "Out of the Loop: Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-04-22.
  4. ^ "Dean Brown | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 May 2018.

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