The fabulous Texan guitarist Eric Johnson teams up with fellow guitarist Mike Stern, who was once in famed out fit Blood Sweat and Tears to deliver an album of contemporary jazz rock fusion. Heavy on the instrumental and lots of sweet melodic solo’s, jazz licks that is very easy to listen too.
These guys can play guitar. Johnson started playing psychedelic rock and then moved to a band called the Electromagnets. He is renowned as being a perfectionist guitarist and has played in the seventies and eighties with Carole King, Christopher Cross, and in the last decade tours as G3 with fellow maestro’s Steve Vail and Joe Satriani. Stern is a jazz guitarist and after a couple of years with Blood Sweat & Tears, played with Miles Davis as well as recording solo records and winning Grammy awards.
Not well known outside the states, Johnson has a guitar hero cult following and has played on lots of songs and albums for others. This album also features a blues tune with lots of riffs and solo’s. Red House, one of the few vocal tracks is probably my instant favourite. They both lay into some call and response blues solo’s and its one of those sit back and soak in it blues songs.
The opening track Roll With It is also a punchy number and the slow it right down to an almost psychedelic dirge almost with Big Foot. Other notable examples are Dry Ice and Benny Man’s Blues which is a light punchy number laced with melody.
A pleasant album to play if not wanting to bang, thump, but sit an read the paper or a book. A crisp, clear, note perfect album from two very fine musicians.