Eric Johnson with his Jazz Fusion Quartet, August 25 & 26 in Austin

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  1. johan

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    Eric Johnson and the Blue Line
    I asked Tom Brechlein on the Blue Line getting together with Robben. "Won't happen!"
     
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    I saw him with Wayne Shorter in the 80s on the "Atlantis" tour.
     
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    I first knew of EJ as the guitarist in The Electromagnets, a fusion band.
     
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    There's a Monday show as well! Parker is a pretty small club, but very nice and has one of the best soundmen in town. It'll be great I'm sure.
    I was fortunate enough to sit in with Tom when he was playing with a friends band, dream come true! Tom plays blues gigs around town when he's not on the road with Kenny Loggins.
     
  5. Kurt L

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    I went to one of the Johnson/Stern shows and thought the music did not mesh at all. I love Eric Johnson but honestly, the best thing about that show was Anton Fig. I enjoyed his playing more than either of the guitarists.

    I've seen EJ with Roscoe Beck many times, so I'm excited to see them reunited.
     
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    I've heard tapes of EJ doing Wes songs, like 4 on 6. Decades ago, he learned Wes solos note by note (just as he did with Hendrix ).
    There's some You tubes of EJ doing long (90 minute +) solo acoustic shows that are astounding. His overall command of the fretboard as well as right hand is on a par with George Benson, Tommy Emmanuel, Bireli Lagrene....
    When you hear his signature tube driver dark tone pentatonic riffing, he's kind of on autopilot, compared to what he could (& occasionally does) play.
     
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    That's a bold statement, and I respect your opinion, but I don't agree with that.
     
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    Love EJ but his rhythmic command is nothing compared to Benson.
     
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    Karl, great you are going... please give us a review!
     
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    Thanks for that! Isn't Andy just about the nicest guy ever?
     
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    The man is talented to a fault, no argument there. And i like what he bring to the table. I just dont think he has anything resembling a jazz time feel and only partially the vocabulary when doing jazz tunes. Not a slight, his is just a different dicipline.
     
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    No worries.
    Yeah, Andy is very, very cool. He can be professional as & when it demands but the best of him comes out in warm, candid interviews. He was one of the G3s, with Joe Sat & Steve Vai, when I got into the guitar. Considering how big he is, I was quite taken aback when I saw his clinics. Reminds me very much of a college senior/bandmate, similar nature.
    I guess the bigger the genius, the smaller the ego.
     
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    It says Jazz Fusion not 50s Bebop...LOL.
     
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    I was keen on seeing Donna Lee.
     
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    I love Eric, but he doesn’t really play changes. His time feel is stiff and not jazz like at all. That doesn’t mean it’s bad.

    If I want jazz I’ll listen to Jim Hall or Peter Bernstein. As much as I love those guys they don’t play like Eric. So when I want that pentatonic fuzzy warm thing Eric is known for, I put on EJ and love it.
     
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    I find it interesting that so many of you are saying he can't hang.

    His work with Electromagnets and the songs "Down Here On The Ground," "Zap," "East Wes," "Manhattan," "Hesitant," "Magnetized," "Tidal," and "Mr. P.C.," indicate that he can hang in ANY fusion environment.

    Anyway, someone better be recording this.
     
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    He did an amazing version of Down Here on the Ground, where he copied every note off of Wes' classic version of it, even Herbie Hancock's fills, but his jazz feel isn't on par with Wes.
     
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    Exactly...Some very good work with Electromagnets. Once again, the ad says fusion jazz not bebop and many are stuck comparing him to George Benson and Wes Montgomery.
     
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    Not really comparing him to bepop, but rather replying to the few comments like he could hang with George Benson. Plus it’s not even putting him down.

    Could he pull off the 70’s fusion thing? Possibly... He did it once before. I just don’t believe EJ could pull off believable jazz. I’m not talking about playing/learning it, but creating it in the moment like jazz artist do. His vocabulary is different. Listen to him play over something simple like Mr. Pc. His lines and his time feel are far removed from jazz and that’s ok.

    Because EJ plays like EJ and I love that.
     
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    Some people might object to both...:-D
     

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