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Over That Wave

by Ed Johnson

A sophisticated blend of original contemporary smooth jazz, laced with pop, R&B, Brazilian and other South American and Afro-Cuban elements, with special emphasis on harmony vocal and horn arrangements.
Genre: Latin: Brazilian Jazz
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1. Diana
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4:07 album only
2. Toda Mi Vida
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5:24 album only
3. Lost in Leaving
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5:47 album only
4. Over That Wave
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5:40 album only
5. Vuelveme Esperanza
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6:16 album only
6. A Certain Smile
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5:36 album only
7. All Alone In Love
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4:11 album only
8. Night Closes In
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4:37 album only
9. Freshet
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6:21 album only
10. Face The West
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4:50 album only


Album Notes
"Think early Return to Forever meets Jobim and Sergio Mendes."
San Jose Mercury News

"It's like he found a way to combine the soft-rock of Christopher Cross with the expansive sound of Milton Nascimento. ...In the best of all possible worlds, this is what contemporary smooth jazz should sound like."
Matt Collar, All Music Guide

"...Over That Wave is simply a great joy, an unexpected pleasure. There is a smooth Jazz sensibility on tunes such as the title track, as well as on "All Alone in Love," which makes this CD pleasing and accessible to a wide variety of audiences. [Johnson's] got a great, warm, full tone and style not commonly heard on radio these days - sort of a mix of Kenny Rankin, Bobby Caldwell, Jon Lucien and Michael Franks. ...A hopeful philosophy is a pervasive underlying theme of the CD, one of the things that make this CD genuinely appealing."
Val Vaccaro, JazzNow: The Jazz World Magazine


1) Diana (4:08) - The freedom of childhood is celebrated in this exuberant piece, which kicks into a Cuban montuno rhythm. Note the interplay between flute and lead vocal.

2) Toda Mi Vida (5:23) - Sung in Spanish, the piece is in 6/8 time, patterned after a Venezuelan jaropo rhythm. JACKELINE RAGO'S distinctive cuatro plays against JOHN REISCHMAN'S mandolin. The rhythm section, especially JASON LEWIS' cymbal work, evokes Pat Metheny's sound.

3) Lost in Leaving (5:45) - A samba featuring JOVINO SANTOS NETO, long-time pianist for HERMETO PASCOAL.

4) Over That Wave (5:38) - The title track opens with spare voice and piano, then builds and swells with layered vocals and a full horn section.

5) Vuelveme Esperanza (6:14) - This Brazilian inspired spiritual seamlessly alternates between 5/4 and 6/4 time and features exotic percussion by JEFF BUSCH, including berimbeu on the intro. A song of hope sung in Spanish.

6) A Certain Smile (5:35) - This Sammy Fain/Paul Francis Webster classic opens with hymn-like three-part harmony, then moves to a modern-sound with dissonance resolving into lush chords. The three singers pass around the lead, and KEITH BENNETT gives us a moving harmonica solo.

7) All Alone in Love (4:09) - The most pop sounding cut features Ed on an acoustic George Benson-like guitar solo and scat vocals.

8) Night Closes In (4:35) - A light but driving Latin-rhythm with hints of bossa nova. Elements of Brazilian and Afro-Cuban influences complete the urban soundscape.

9) Freshet (6:18) - Originally written and recorded as an instrumental, co-producer LESLIE EVERS was inspired to write these wonderful lyrics. A freshet is a great rise or overflowing of freshwater, spilling into a body of saltwater, as one finds in Big Sur.

10) Face the West (4:49) - The CD ends with a feeling of rest and peace in this straight-ahead R&B ballad.


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Lost in Leaving
Lost in Leaving
make me fell so Happy and up
and well put together

Bill Fisher, Victory Music Review

Splashes of unsterilized Sergio Mendes, of Jobim, Rankin and Franks
These songs have a depth of complexity, a solidity, a substance, a delight, a harmonic intensity that keeps pulling me back to the CD. …they are, as is the case with very few jazz-based vocal songs, both as hook-laden as the best pop ditties and as richly textured as the rare song you never grow tired of. …Johnson magically develops a sound that will recall the first (acoustic) Return to Forever, with splashes of unsterilized Sergio Mendes, of Jobim, Rankin and Franks, and so many others. And at the center of it all is an indescribable voice, immediately likable but unusual — used always as a jazz instrument, like his fine guitars, and sounding very like a Brazilian vocalist, an Ivan Lins, perhaps, with Milton Nascimento tonalities thrown in. …I have found no CD of music in the last twenty years that has brought me more pleasure and satisfaction than this one.

Jan Johnson, KKCR, Hanalei, Hawaii

Wow. I love this music of yours. "Over That Wave" is the best music in this genre, released in this country, in many years. I really enjoy every cut; it's my new favorite. The arrangements are fabulous.

Arturo Gomez, Music Director, WDNA, Miami, Florida

Over That Wave is straight-ahead jazz with a contemporary twist. The music is obviously influenced by the musical developments of the last twenty years. It's fresh and innovative.