Ciyo (pronounced K-eye-oh) Brown is a high academic achiever in the field of Law, a talented musician, vocalist, and accomplished guitarist. He is Jamaican born and has lived in the UK since he was 6 months old. Ciyo has made many live performances including theatre, and has recorded 6 albums including the latest release ‘Put a Little Jazz In their lives’.
The album features a collection of jazz reggae and soul fusion tracks, which is quite a refreshing approach and a relatively unusual mix of genres.
The opening track “Don’t worry yourself” is a sweet lover’s rock song that will start your musical journey through this album with a bounce.
“‘I’m in the Mood for love” is a cover version of the 1935 Frances Langford romantic classic which slows the tempo down, and this track has reached the coveted number one position in the UK reggae charts.
“My likkle Jamaica” and “Cruisin on the Sea” are bright lilting reggae vibes that will have you swaying and dancing. “Cruisin on the Sea” is a real fusion of jazz & reggae where Ciyo has provided a reggae feel with all the elements of improvisation that one would find in a jazz or jazz fusion track.
“Love has found it’s Way” is a soulful rendition of Dennis Brown’s original reggae track and “Message to the Father” is a thought-provoking gospel jazz-soul tune. “Living Inside Your Love” has a more contemporary jazz-soul vibe happening.
“Put A Little Jazz In Their Lives” the title track is Ciyo’s jazzy reggae message to the world about bringing music and love to the masses.
There are also a few instrumental/minimal vocal tracks, all having a very warm quality – “Flight of the Icons” is smooth jazz, “A Blessing Waiting to Happen” combines a distinctive blend of ska and hip-hop with jazz floating on top and minimal lyrics, and “The Virtue of Patience” is a stand-out jazz instrumental with hints of reggae in the background. “Song for Ernest, Earl and George” is a short instrumental guitar solo in tribute to Ernest Ranglin, Earl Klugh and George Benson.
Ciyo has achieved a great deal with this release, he has created something which is quite unique but will also have widespread appeal. It is very easy listening, and I love that there are artists who are prepared to push the genre boundaries and create something that stands out from the crowd. The vocals are polished and Ciyo’s guitar skills are evident in every track. My personal favourite tracks on this album are ‘My likkle Jamaica’, ‘The Virtue of Patience’ and ‘I’m in the Mood for Love’.
Put a little jazz in their lives LP – available on Ciyo Music http://www.ciyobrown.com
Find out more about Ciyo’s work and have a listen to the tracks here: Ciyo Brown Website