Eclectic

Eclectic

by Eric Johnson
     
 
The seed for this project was planted when Eric Johnson played on a few tracks for Mike Stern's 2009 album Big Neighborhood. The two guitarists discovered a shared affinity for jazz and blues, along with those two genres' rambunctious stepchildren, R&B and funk, and both players had always embraced a stylish fusion approach to

Overview

The seed for this project was planted when Eric Johnson played on a few tracks for Mike Stern's 2009 album Big Neighborhood. The two guitarists discovered a shared affinity for jazz and blues, along with those two genres' rambunctious stepchildren, R&B and funk, and both players had always embraced a stylish fusion approach to their respective work. It seems only obvious and natural that they do a full album together. Eclectic was recorded in mostly live takes at Johnson's studio in Austin, Texas, and included a rhythm section of drummer Anton Fig and Johnson's longtime bassist Chris Maresh, along with guest spots from singers Malford Milligan, Leni Stern (Mike Stern's wife), and Christopher Cross, blues harpist Guy Forsyth, and a horn section of John Mills (saxophone), Mike Mordecai (trombone), and Andrew Johnson (trumpet). The versatility on display here from track to track is impressive, ranging from blues to Wes Montgomery-inspired guitar jazz, new age fusion shuffles, and huge-sounding, jazz-inspired big-band imaginary soundtrack themes, and there's no lack of amazing guitar playing, both guitarists blending and flowing together like the two edges of a single river. Highlights include the opener, Stern's driving, jazzy, and funky "Roll with It" (it turns out Stern has a pretty good singing voice, by the way), the lovely, haunting, and chiming "Wishing Well," Johnson's "Hullabaloo" (which sounds like the opening theme to some long-lost Hollywood-based 1960s detective show), Stern's modal "Remember" (modeled on John Coltrane's "Impressions"), and the set's closer, a reverent and vibrant take on Jimi Hendrix's "Red House," which brings everything back to the late-night jazzy approach to the blues that Johnson and Stern both hold so dear.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/27/2014
Label:
Heads Up
UPC:
0888072357686
catalogNumber:
35768
Rank:
14292

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Johnson   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Christopher Cross   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Leni Stern   Vocals,Guest Appearance,Ngoni
Mike Stern   Guitar,Vocals
Guy Forsyth   Harmonica,Guest Appearance
James Fenner   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Anton Fig   Percussion,Drums
Chris Maresh   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Malford Milligan   Vocals,Guest Appearance
John Mills   Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Mike Mordecai   Trombone,Guest Appearance
Wayne Salzmann   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Andrew Johnson   Trumpet,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Eric Johnson   Composer,Producer
Mike Stern   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Chris Maresh   Composer
Bill Milkowski   Liner Notes
Bill Maddox   Composer
Kelly Donnelly   Engineer

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