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 love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!