Archive for February 9th, 2019

Norman Johnson – The Art Of Life

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 Life.

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.

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