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Over That Wave
     

Over That Wave

by Ed Johnson
 
Over That Wave is the kind of soft, Brazilian pop jazz album that artists like Al Jarreau and Flora Purim excelled at during the 1970s. It's gorgeously produced with lush vocal harmonies, authentic Brazilian percussion, and some of Ed Johnson's best compositions. In the best of all possible worlds, this

Overview

Over That Wave is the kind of soft, Brazilian pop jazz album that artists like Al Jarreau and Flora Purim excelled at during the 1970s. It's gorgeously produced with lush vocal harmonies, authentic Brazilian percussion, and some of Ed Johnson's best compositions. In the best of all possible worlds, this is what contemporary smooth jazz should sound like. The guitarist/singer makes his home in Palo Alto and Over That Wave veritably gushes California. This is the perfect soundtrack for driving your convertible along an ocean-side highway. Johnson has a burnished tenor voice that often lifts into a soaring falsetto, as on the leadoff track, "Diana." He's no slouch on the guitar either, displaying a crisp technique and understanding of both traditional jazz and Latin styles. You never get the sense either that Johnson -- a middle-aged white guy -- is trying to ape Brazilian music. It's like he found a way to combine the soft rock of Christopher Cross with the expansive sound of Milton Nascimento. The up-tempo bossa "Lost in Leaving," featuring hiccuping cuica and flamenco flourishes, is a good example of how he is able to marry his melodic pop sensibility to his fussy jazz integrity. Lyrically, Johnson has a nice way of carrying a trope throughout a song, such as on the soul-inflected title track. He sings, "The state of love/Flotsam in the sea washing over me/Cascade of love/I never got over that wave." While Over That Wave doesn't break any new ground, it does reference those great albums of the '70s in an utterly contemporary fashion.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/2002
Label:
CUMULUS
UPC:
0820320001323
catalogNumber:
103

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ed Johnson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Human Whistle,Guitar (Nylon String)
Claudio Amaral   Vocals
Cary Black   Acoustic Bass
Mark Ivester   Drums
Jovino Santos Neto   Piano
Jackeline Rago   Vocals,cuatro
John Reischman   Mandolin
Kim Scanlon   Vocals
Greg Scott   Vocals
John Shifflett   Acoustic Bass
Kristen Strom   Flute,Alto Flute,Soprano Saxophone
John L. Worley   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Rene Worst   Bass
Keith Bennett   Harmonica
Jason Lewis   Percussion,Drums
Jennifer Scott   Piano,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jeff Bush   Percussion
Benny Reitveld   Electric Bass
Rick Vandiver   Guitar
Lissy Abraham   Vocals
Jim Schneider   Piano,Keyboards,Tenor Saxophone
Walter Bankovitch   Piano

Technical Credits

Gary Mankin   Engineer
Ed Johnson   Arranger,Producer
Tim "Creative" Barrett   Graphic Design
Lissy Abraham   Spanish Translation
Leslie Evers   Producer

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