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Supahighway

by Eric Johnson

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Hurts So Bad 06:47
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Eric Johnson has a great new CD that I've been playing on the air for three weeks now. The recording is fantastic!
The new recording is called "Supahighway" and is on the Clarion Jazz label, the label co-founded by native Pittsburgher Dale Fielder.

Eric states that "This recording represents the tradition of Midwestern Jazz musicians playing our brand of happy, funky, melodic party Jazz. Our music is inspired by a grand list of Midwestern born Jazz artists."

Some standout cuts for me include: La Petite Mambo, Hurts So Bad, and Supahighway

Did I say THIS IS A GREAT RECORDING?

Eric Johnson is a soul survivor. A 40-year career that has afforded him the opportunity to travel the world performing with some of the world's greatest jazz artists. Johnson's career began in Pittsburgh's late 60's Rhythm and Blues/Jazz Funk circuit. After graduating high school, a bold, eager Eric Johnson went on the road with legendary organist Brother Jack McDuff. Johnson soon became a popular sideman working with Leon Spencer Jr., Lou Donaldson, Jimmy McGriff, Stanley Turrentine, Hank Crawford, Ramsey Lewis, and many others.

After relocating to New York in 1978, Eric began touring with Jimmy Owens and Willis"Gatortail" Jackson. The association with Owens was especially gratifying because of the exotic locations they would perform. The group also conducted many workshops and lectures at various colleges and public schools. Eric also led a trio that worked the New York-New Jersey area.

The year 1993 represented a breakthrough in Eric's career, the release of his first CD "Bumpin In LA". Due to the success of the CD Eric relocated to the
Los Angeles area. While in L.A. Eric led a popular trio in addition to performing with LA greats Lorez Alexandria and Buddy Collette.

Eric returned to Pittsburgh in 1996, he stayed busy working with local legends Walt Harper and Harold Betters. Also Eric's second CD Makin' Whoopie was released. Eric then reformed his favorite group "The Fabalous A-Team."

The turn of the century marked a new chapter in Eric's life, a return to the New York area. Since 2000 he has been performing with old friends Dr.Lonnie Smith and Lou Donaldson on occasion. Most recently Eric has been recording and touring Japan with organist Akiko Tsuruga. Last year while in Japan Mr. Shiino of Vestax - D'Angelico guitars awarded Eric a beautiful guitar and endorsement.

Eric's new CD "Supahighway" is a labor of love, a beautiful work of art by a group of long time friends.

Kevin Amos

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released August 2, 2008

Eric Johnson- guitar
Tim Jenkins- piano
Dan Wasson- electric Bass
Phillip "Butch" Jones- drums
Harold "Dr. Funk" Walker - percussion

With Special Guests:
Bill Easley- Alto, Tenor Sax, & Flute
Akiko Tsuruga - Organ

Produced By - Eric Johnson & Jack Kriesberg
Recorded at Showplace Studios, Dover, NJ
March 2007
Ben Elliot - engineer/mastering
Ed Britt & Ayano Hisa - photography
Craig Johnson - graphic design
Dale Fielder & Leonard Herring, Jr. - Clarion Jazz

You can reach Eric by writing to him:
FabalousEJ2@aol.com

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Eric Johnson Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Eric Johnson is a soul survivor. A 40-year career that has afforded him the opportunity to travel the world performing with some of the world's greatest jazz artists. Johnson became a popular sideman working with Jack McDuff, Leon Spencer Jr., Lou Donaldson, Jimmy McGriff, Stanley Turrentine, Hank Crawford, Ramsey Lewis, and many others. ... more

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