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A soft endeavor, Organic may be a return to the basics (as the liner notes claim), but that return is a rather bland one which makes one question just which basics were being considered. A spattering of blues elements may surface here and there, and traces of '30s-era torch singing are in evidence, but the main source for the 14 tracks seems to be seventies and eighties TV theme songs and dentist chair Muzak.
Certainly, Henry Johnson can pick a guitar, and with the assistance of Peter Roothaan on saxophones, Greg Rockingham on drums, and Chris Foreman on Hammond B-3 organ, he manages to establish a consistent, well-smoothed feel throughout the album. So smooth, in fact, that whether playing a blues like “Blues for James and Dave,” a lament like “My Foolish Heart,” or the vocal duet “Hello Like Before,” everything seems devoid of the emotional peaks and valleys necessary to create variations in mood beyond the earnest positivism that invades much of Johnson’s singing and playing.
Guest vocalist Nancy Wilson contributes her brand of crooning to four tracks, including a bonus solo rendition of “If It’s The Last Thing I Do,” which furthers this overall mood. As a match for one another, Johnson's playing and Wilson’s singing blend well, though the result leaves something to be desired.
At best, this is an album of lulling, inoffensive tunes which would assist a firelight dinner date. At worst, it devolves into a tedious rehash of things we've all heard before.
Track Listing: 1. It Could Happen to You 2. Know It All 3. If It's The Last Thing I Do 4. Cascavelo 5. Hello Like
Before 6. It's About Time 7. A Man Ain't Supposed To Cry 8. My Foolish Heart 9. The More I See You
10. Third Rail 11. It's Alright With Me 12. Blues For James and Dave 13. The Scorcher 14. If It's The
Last Thing I Do
Personnel: Henry Johnson:Guitar & Vocals;
Peter Roothaan: Tenor & Alto Sax;
Greg Rockingham: Drums;
Chris Foreman: Hammond B-3 Organ;
Nancy Wilson: Guest Vocals.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com