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presents a brand of slick and sophisticated guitar-organ jazz that is closer to the mainstream when compared to similar recent recordings made by similar combo formats. This should be no surprise, as guitarist (and vocalist) Henry Johnson is at the helm of a seamless rhythm section. The recording was made with no overdubs and was solely recorded in complete takes. Arriving only 20 minutes before the sessions, Nancy Wilson lends her considerable vocal skills to the recording on four cuts. Johnson duets with Wilson on three of these four songs, with Wilson turning in a solo "If It’s the Last Thing I Do." Ms. Wilson sings with an easy air and superb character, and the two vocalists duet capably.
The grooves here are smooth and transparent. Henry Johnson’s guitar tone sounds round and glossy, seomthing like a cross between Joe Pass and George Benson. His instrumental takes on "It Could Happen To You" and "My Foolish Heart" are fleshed out as plush ballads—low fat, with no greasy ingredients. This is not Jimmy Smith chicken shake music. If the Modern Jazz Quartet had been an organ-guitar trio, it would have sounded a lot like this.
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me. Try as I might, I was never able to achieve a high enough level of competency to perform at the level I was first and subsequently exposed to. Regardless, I was hooked on jazz and remain so to this day.