“The faster you get in the zone, the better the music is, so why wait?” Dean Brown was a fusion master who played with everyone from Marcus Miller to Eric Clapton – and maintained there are only two rules in music

Dean Brown playing with Marcus Miller in Switzerland, 2005
(Image credit: Lionel FLUSIN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Everyone at Guitar Techniques was saddened to hear of the passing of Dean Brown, the incredible American jazz-fusion guitarist and session musician. 

Perhaps best known as a frequent collaborator with the virtuoso bassist and producer Marcus Miller, or maybe for his work with heavyweight jazz artists such as Michael Brecker and The Brecker Brothers, Joe Zawinul, Billy Cobham, and David Sanborn, Brown fitted in perfectly among jazz-fusion’s elite. The Sanborn connection led to Dean working with Eric Clapton.

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John Wheatcroft

John is Head of Guitar at BIMM London and a visiting lecturer for the University of West London (London College of Music) and Chester University. He's performed with artists including Billy Cobham (Miles Davis), John Williams, Frank Gambale (Chick Corea) and Carl Verheyen (Supertramp), and toured the world with John Jorgenson and Carl Palmer.