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Ed Johnson & novo tempo: the other road

- CD Reviews

Ed Johnson & novo tempo: the other road
2007 Cumulus Records

Featuring: Ed Johnson on Guitar and Vocals
Jennifer Scott on Vocals and Piano
Kristen Strom on Woodwinds
John Worley on Trumpet
Scott Sorkin on Guitar
René Worst on Bass
Michaelle Goerlitz on Percussion
Mark Ivester on Drums
Jeff Busch on Percussion


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
November 7, 2007

This CD is a lively, fused contemporary collection of original tracks and a Brazilian Samba motif. Johnson has assembled versatile musicians to expand on his compositions, adding duo vocals, electronic guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond B3 organ, and Brazilian percussion. There is an interesting blend of words and musicality.

Notable tracks:

#1 –Samba 2 Tom – Composed by Ed Johnson. This rapid Samba with Ed Johnson and Jennifer Scott’s vocals fuses John Worley’s trumpet and flugelhorn with Kristen Strom’s tenor sax. This music strives to be authentic Brazilian Samba.

#2 – Clean Up – Composed by Ed Johnson. The congas and tablas, courtesy of Michaelle Goerlitz and Jason Lewis, combine with Johnson and Scott’s vocals for another enchanting theme. Kristen Strom’s soprano sax soars in a splendid solo, followed by a showcased guitar and pulsating percussion.

#5 – The Other Road – Composed by Ed Johnson. Once more, this title track exudes with duo vocals, added to Kristen Strom’s flute and alto flute. John Worley sits in on flugelhorn, as the exotic tonalities enhance each other in an upbeat rhythm.

#7 – View from Above – Composed by Scott Sorkin. With a Samba whistle, flutes, pandeiro, cuica, ganzá, tamborim, and Johnson and Sorkin on duo guitars, a danceable, party sound ensues. Scott Sorkin wrote this music, and Ed Johnson arranged it for ten musicians. The result was an instrumental success.

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