Lovely jazz memories during lockdown Quinn Johnson – Pastimes (from times past)

Lovely jazz memories during lockdown Quinn Johnson – PASTIMES (FROM TIMES PAST):  Though jazz pianist Quinn has been performing for decades in various settings, this is my first time to hear his superb playing; I can guarantee you that his lovely jazz memories will make your day a bit brighter.  While I didn’t find any LIVE performances on the Quinn Johnson YouTube topic channel, you’ll still want to investigate that.

Quinn’s piano style on tunes like the 5:59 “After Silence” is solid and full of what makes jazz the music of life… I have no doubt that jazz DJ’s across the globe will be targeting this song for ever-more frequent airplay on their shows.  An absolute must-have for your collection!

His partners in this effort are top-of-the-line, to be sure… drums: Kevin Winard 1,6,7; Tom Brechtlein 8,9,10; Chris Wabich 3,4,5; Joel Taylor 2; bass: Trey Henry 3,4,5; David Finck 6,7; Kevin Axt 1,8,9; Hussain Jiffry 10; Edwin Livingston 2; guitar: Bob Mann 10 and percussion: Kevin Winard 7; Chris Wabich 3,4… I especially loved Quinn’s piano on “Remembrance“, and David’s bass on this piece is simple beauty.

If it’s gentle and laid-back groove you’re yearning for, you’ll find Quinn’s original “Child’s Song-Portrait” very enjoyable… what really stands out on this piece is his skill at “pacing”… it brought back many pleasant memories for me!

All eleven exciting performances are originals/arrangements by Quinn, and readers who frequent my pages know that it’s always original music that inspires me the most… you’ll hear why on the lively & upbeat “Bayou Baião“… Tom’s drums are just KILLER on this, and Bob’s guitar leads will scorch your ears… high-energy that will have you up & dancin’ ’round the room in only moments from the first note.

It was no difficulty to decide my choice for personal favorite of the eleven songs… the 5:41 “Falling Forward” wraps you into Quinn’s magical piano spell immediately… you’ll find yourself snapping fingers and tappin’ toes – the integration of organ sounds with Quinn’s piano makes for one of the very best jazz journeys I’ve had (yet) in 2021!

I give Quinn and all his players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this jazz treasure.  Get more information on Quinn’s website.                                     Rotcod Zzaj

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Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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