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by Ed Johnson

"Delightful mixes of swing and Brazilian lines that effortlessly come together in tight compliment." -- Jazz Review
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Scotch Baiao
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2. Movimento
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3. Exceto Nos
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4. Light's Return
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5. Remembrance
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6. O Bom Alvinho
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7. For T
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8. Tara
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9. A Felicidade
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10. Silent Heart
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"Sunny and upbeat, lushly orchestrated and produced but not sugary... Harmonic nuances abound, along with richly layered choruses and tight ensemble playing. ...[Exceto Nos is] Goosebump worthy."
Jazz Times, December 2004

"Guitarist Ed Johnson just made the year's best Brazilian pop-jazz album recorded in the United States by non-Brazilians. ...There's wonderful chemistry at work here, resulting in smooth jazz that isn't dull, mellow pop filled with creative playing, and very authentic Brazilian music that's technically not. Just an accident of geography."
DJ Johnson, Cosmik Debris, November 2004

Movimento is Ed Johnson's third solo recording of vibrant, original contemporary jazz with a Latin feel and a refreshing emphasis on harmony vocals and horn arrangements. Movimento includes seven original compositions and three covers, including the classic Jobim/De Moraes samba A, Felicidade and a rocking take on O Bom Alvinho by Gerry Mulligan and Jane Duboc. Five of the tracks are vocal pieces sung in Portuguese, Spanish and English. The five instrumentals include up-tempo Brazilian Baiaos, several straight ahead numbers and a classic medium swing.

The CD features Johnson's seven-piece band, Novo Tempo, a tight ensemble that evolved from Johnson's previous release, the critically acclaimed Over That Wave.

Novo Tempo features brass man JOHN WORLEY, woodwind player KRISTEN STROM, and guitar/mandolin wizard SCOTT SORKIN. The rhythm section features bassist RENE WORST, drummer MARK IVESTER, and percussionist JEFF BUSCH. Canadian pianist and songstress JENNIFER SCOTT teams up with Ed for distinctive, vocalese duets reminiscent of Tania Maria.


"Movement within change/movement wonders and miracles/ it all happens without our noticing/leaving us only the mystery ..."

1) Scotch Baiao (5:05) - Exciting, up-tempo treatment of a classic Brazilian rhythm form, sung in vocalese. Transitioning from Baiao to Samba and back again. The scat is evocative of Tania Maria.

2) Movimento (5:31) - Sung in Portuguese, a medium samba in 6/8 time. Opening with a folkloric nylon-stringed guitar duet and building to soaring vocals. Note the soprano sax and flugelhorn playing in two against three.

3) Exceto Nos (6 :11) - A sophisticated yet funky bossa sung in Portuguese. A good dance number.

4) Light's Return (7:35) - Another Toninho-inspired tune, this up-tempo instrumental features vocalese and the distinctive cuica drum. The piece cascades from one solo to the next.

5) Remembrance (Para Freyda) (6 :51) - Sung in Spanish and English. A moving song of gratitude that stylistically bridges Brazilian and Venezuelan music.

6) O Bom Alvinho (5:53) - Pronounced oo Boon All veen yo. A rocking take on the lighter, original baiao by Gerry Mulligan and Jane Duboc with parade-like, carnival percussion. A tribute to Brazilian musician Hermeto Pascoal, "the sweet albino."

7) For T (5:32) - A samba cancao with a spiritual quality, this moderately paced instrumental tribute to Brazilian guitarist Toninho Horta by Scott Sorkin gives us a mystical flight of fancy.

8) Tara (5:43) - Unlike anything else on the album, a classic medium swing instrumental inspired by Stanford women's basketball coach Tara VanDeveer. Straight ahead jazz evoking strength and poise.

9) A, Felicidade (6:55) - Sung in Portuguese. The classic Jobim/De Moraes samba (from Black Orpheus) with an up tempo twist. Opening with a free form finger style nylon-string guitar solo and building to lush vocal harmonies that mirror the horn figures.

10) Silent Heart (6:01) - A languid jazz ballad sung in English with a bossa beat.


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Bill Martorano

Sophisticated sounds from a masterful artist
A foray into smooth and sophisticated Brazilian jazz. Ed Johnson's mastery of the jazz guitar voicings is absolutely wonderful. He also sings (very well)

Calvin Walker, KMHD 89.1 FM, The Jazz & Blues Revolution, Portla

Don’t download it. Buy it!
"Ed Johnson's heartfelt fretwork on his new record Movimento far surpasses musical compilations from better-known artists. Ed Johnson definitely needs to be placed at the head of the category "talent deserving wider recognition." A brilliant recording. Simultaneously calming and exciting. Don’t download it. Buy it!"

Jovino Santos Neto

A deep sense of warmth and comfort
Ed manages to put his finger on what makes a song sound 'Brazilian.' ...the way that a subtle syncopation hops among voices, in the gentleness and passion that a keen ear detects in the grooves. [Movimento gives] a deep sense of warmth and comfort right at the first hearing. I wish that every listener enjoys this CD as much as I have.

Michael P. Gladstone, All About Jazz, Sept. 2004

A delightful bossa nova album
This is a delightful bossa nova album with no concessions to rock, electronica or hip-hop influences that may have crept into the music of
Brazil over the decades. ... The tracks are perfect summer listening with sunny remembrances of perhaps the first time that the general public heard The Girl From Ipanema. Johnson is a most fluent nylon-string acoustic guitarist and is a pleasant vocalist. His high range resembles that of Milton Nascimento. Canadian singer/pianist Jennifer Scott is also a standout on both background and duet vocals. ...a tribute to the almost lost era of the Brazilian music of first generation bossa.

Jasmin Heinrich, Besonic.com, September 9, 2004

A laid-back explosion of great musical talent!
If Ed Johnson wasn’t from Palo Alto, CA, but from Sao Paolo, I bet he would be at the top of the Brazilian Music circuit. He’s been receiving airplay worldwide and is winning fans over wherever his music is featured...Ed’s music is a vivid blend of contemporary Jazz and Brazilian Pop, which he combines with a passion for horn and vocal arrangements. The result is a brilliant new album Movimento, his third to date, which Ed Johnson recorded with his regular band Novo Tempo. Movimento.. is a laid-back explosion of great musical talent.

Marty Friedman, On Air Host, WICN-FM, Worcester, MA

In the running for best Brazilian Jazz CD of 2004
Movimento is an exciting celebration of Brazilian-flavored jazz. Exceto Nos and For T are listener favorites here at WICN-FM Worcester. Movimento is in the running for the Sunday Jazz Brunch BEST BRAZILIAN JAZZ CD of 2004.

Dr. Brad Stone, Music Director, KSJS-FM San Jose, CA

This CD really works!
It's absolutely our pleasure to give Movimento the support it so richly deserves! This CD really works, and may make it onto my Top 20 of the Year!