On Memorial Day 2003,an Oakland CA audience was treated to a very spacial,truly transcendent live performance by two legendary figures of '70s psychedelic funk, The Brothers Johnson!Nearly three decades after they formed as a band, The Brothers appeared as energetic as ever, a little less 'fro but a lot more soul, and rocked a set of their very best songs, including the smash hit singles "Stomp!","I'll Be Good To You","Strawberry Letter 23" and a supercharged cover of Cameo's "Word Up".
Tooth & Nail Records is pleased to announce the signing of their most recent rock band THE LETTER BLACK, formally known as Breaking the Silence. THE LETTER BLACK is fronted by female vocalist Sarah Anthony, followed by her husband Mark Anthony (guitar / background vocals) Mat Slagle (drummer) and Terry Johnson (guitar). Legendary producer Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Korn, 3 Doors Down) is working with the band in Seattle on their label debut "Breaking the Silence." Describing the band's songs, Mark Anthony shares, "Our songs are not always happy, but rather about real life situations. All of us go through different chapters in our lives, and in these chapters we write letters of good and bad times. Some letters in our chapters, we are happy to share. Others, we are not so proud to reveal. THE LETTER BLACK reminds us of the past mistakes we have made and helps us remember to not keep making the same mistakes."
Eric Johnson is held in such high regard as a guitarist, and his releases of new recordings are so infrequent, that a significant part of his discography has come to consist of juvenilia and other archival recordings…
Reissue with the latest 2015 remastering. Comes with liner notes. One of the hippest, hardest albums that trombonist JJ Johnson ever cut for Columbia – a session we'd rank right up there with his amazing JJ Inc record, and like that one a really cooking hardbop record that maybe even rivals the best on Blue Note and Prestige at the time! As with that gem, the strength here is really the group – not just tremendous trombone from JJ, but great work from Nat Adderley on trumpet, Bobby Jaspar on tenor and flute, Cedar Walton on piano, Spanky DeBrest on bass, and Albert Heath on drums – all working with a soaring, soulful energy that's a lot more hardbop heavy than you might expect from JJ Johnson on some of his other projects for the label.