Talk about the ''it' factor, this guy's got it in a major way. Pianist Earl R. Johnson, Jr. has captivated audiences on five continents. With his fiery solo style and some delicious finger work, Earl makes the piano sing with all of the finesse and fluidity of a modern day virtuoso. After working with many of the music industry's top legends (like Gerald Albright, Chaka Khan, Patti Austin, Wynton Marsalis, Brand New Heavies, Faith Evans, K Ci and Jojo, Gladys Knight, Jeffrey Osborne, Chante Moore, Walter Beasley, Kenny Lattimore, Vesta Williams, Randy Crawford, Miki Howard, and Brian McKnight,) Earl R. Johnson, Jr. blasted out front with his award-winning debut CD entitled, "JUICY." The CD is Contemporary, Jazzy, with a Seriously Funky R&B Twist!! Both the CD and the live shows have been receiving critical acclaim nationwide and many radio markets have also gotten "Juicified." And now, Johnson is poised to do it all again with the release of his new Traditional Jazz CD, "INSIDE MYSELF." This project features Jazz veterans Winard Harper (of the Harper Brothers) on drums, Dwayne Burno (Freddie Hubbard, Betty Carter, Roy Haynes) on acoustic bass, and Teodross Avery (Mark Whitfield, Lauren Hill) on tenor and soprano saxophones. "INSIDE MYSELF" has already garnered airplay in New York, Houston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Johnson's electrifying performance is a definite "Must- See!!" He has been personally requested to perform for President Barack H. Obama and has also performed for Nelson Mandela.
CDs are available at:: www.CDBaby.com/earlrjohnsonjr2 or www.facebook.com/EarlRJohnsonJr.
BILLBOARD MAGAZINE writes, "A contemporary jazz album at its core, "Juicy" offers a tempting mix of instrumental and vocal tracks as it skillfully shifts from smooth to funky with its shadings of R&B and hip-hop." WINE & JAZZ MAGAZINE writes, "Talk about an album living up to its name! After making his mark behind the scenes with everyone from Patti Austin and Beyonce' to Stevie Wonder and Gerald Albright, [this] veteran keyboardist and 'groovemeister' emerges as a solo artist with an instantly infectious disc, mixing wild and playful old school soul jams with sexy, late-night R&B ballads that will inspire some sweet but naughty dreams...very appealing." ALL ABOUT JAZZ MAGAZINE writes, "His ethereal piano melodies allow the session to cool frequently, while rhythms heat up on occasion and surrounding forces bring tension. Thus, Johnson forces a balance that keeps his session smooth but interesting, romantic but appealing, lyrical and highly rhythmic." ALL ACCESS MAGAZINE writes, "Keyboard crusader Earl R. Johnson, Jr. has compiled a truly flavorful and fine-feeling disc that's chock-full of "Juicy" goodness, for all who appreciate soulful rhythms, heartfelt ballads, and top-notch production...major props to [this] keyboard whiz who's also a master of the "do it yourself" principle, and who does it very well indeed!"