Kingston, Jamaica born guitarist Norman Johnson was inspired by
guitar players like George Benson, Wes Montgomery, and Earl Klugh
to learn this instrument. If Time Stood Still was his
solo debut on the label Pacific Coast Jazz in 2010. Soon followed
Get It While You Can (2013) and this year The Art Of
On his new album he plays guitar, bass, piano, vocals, programming
and is accompanied by Alex Nakhimovsky, Mitch Chakour (piano),
Grayson Hugh, June Bisantz (vocals), Atla DeChamplain, Lisa Marien,
Polly Messer (background vocals), Bill Holloman (horns), Chris
Herbert, John Mastroianni (sax), Steve Davis (trombone), Jeffrey
Holmes (trumpet), Matt Dwonszyk (bass), and Ed Fast (drums).
The album begins with Slide. This is a particular
technique for playing the guitar that is often used in blues-style
music. In this case the title is simply describing the dance moves
as often mentioned by other critics.
The uplifting Sing On features vocalist Grayson Hugh.
Grayson's eventful life is also reflected in the smoky timbre of
his voice. The Art of Life is a mid-tempo contemplating
tune with an emotional touch. The catchy main theme is likely to
Old School has a slamming vibe
and is powerfully supported by the participating horn section.
The love ballad It's You showcases female jazz vocalist
June Bisantz with which Norman regularly performs as you can see
from the Facebook entries of the singer. The lively piece shows a
vital image of all musicians. The final Summer Dance
enchants with Latin flavor and Norman's virtuosic acoustic guitar
Norman Johnson's The Art Of
Life is pure sunshine captured in notes. A good example of
joy in life and music.
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Title: The Art Of
Artist: Norman Johnson
Genre: Smooth Jazz
1 Slide 3:59
2 Sing On 4:00
3 The Art of Life 4:02
Old Skool 3:59
5 It's You 5:18
6 Summer Dance 3:57