Walt Johnson -
Warmth of the Sun
trumpet on movies like Starwars, Startrek,
Ace Ventura, Rocky I-III, Close Encounters,
Nacked Gun, Beverly Hill Cop III or Aladin. He also played or recorded with Frank
Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Lionel Ritchie, Joe Walsh, Josť Feliciano,
Elvis Presley, David Benoit or Tower of Power. Walt has performed with
Barbara Streisand, The Pointer Sisters, The Commodores, Wayne Newton,
Johnny Mathis, Melissa Manchester, Lionel Hampton,Mel Torme,Vic
Damone, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Henry Mancini. Great artists
are often overshadowing the instrumentalist who is supporting the star
as soloist or member of a band. Walt's first step into limelight was
his debut album "Trumpet Scroll" His new album is called "Warmth of
the Sun" (2006). A new opportunity to learn more about this
fascinating trumpet player.
The album was produced by Walt Johnson and Ron Feuer.
Ron also composed some of the tunes together with Walt. Ron is
currently the musical director of the Fifth Dimension and also
participated in many musicals. Both became road buddies while touring the world with "Elvis, The Concert".
The album starts with From
There To There. After a classical start initiated by
Ron Feuer on keyboards Walt Johnson celebrates in a melodic way his
trumpet mastership. Kudos for Ron Feuer's improvisation on keyboards.
America's musical capitol city. It's also where Walt's roots are and
this song was inspired by the sunshine and splendor of the Southern
California scenery. E.O. aka "Nut Case"'s spoken words and
Walt's muted trumpet are creating the fascinating atmosphere of the
city while Ron's uptempo runs are breathtaking.
ASI was written
in Hawaii and inspired by the beautiful Latin of Lourdes, Watt's wife.
It's without no doubt the most dynamic piece on this impressing album.
Have You Ever..?
is a tune with a certain similarity to Herb Alperts smooth variations.
What I don't understand that the good quality of a recording is
disturbed by a crackle sound in reminiscence at old vinyl records.
Walt Johnson describes Warmth of the Sun:
"It's that feeling you get when the sun hits your back and warms
your soul." This tune is moody and relaxing. Dino Johnson's
guitar fits nicely in this sunny piece.
Dino Johnson is Walt's son. He engineerd and mixed
the album and also co-wrote with Walt the next song Summer
Herb Alpert is certainly one of the most successful
trumpet players of pop history. Rise was
his comeback in 1979. With a great respect for Herb Alpert's music Wal
Johnson creates a modern version "that you can hum or
and Something Beautiful are
further gems of Walt's treasury.
If you should miss Herb Alpert's music, listen to
Walt's music. He is following Herb's footsteps and they are not too
big for him.