Gabriel Johnson Modern Jazz Trumpeter
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Modern jazz trumpeter, Gabriel Johnson, a graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music, and an active studio musician who has played and recorded with the likes of Jill Scott, Diddy, Andrea Bocelli, David Foster and B.o.B among others, will release the self-produced Introducing Gabriel Johnson on September 25 on his Sunset Horn imprint. Johnson, whose varied influences range from MiLes Davis, to the Stones Throw Records label aesthetic of J-Dilla and Madlib, has created a vibrant wall-of-sound in which he blends the classic with the contemporary, for a sexy, raw, hip hop infused work. Johnson's modern jazz and hip hop blend provides the perfect backdrop for his trumpet playing to completely shine and take center stage.
The young trumpeter, who is managed by Erin Davis (son of MiLes Davis), will perform at his record release party on September 20 at Catalina's Bar & Grill. He will also make his Tonight Show debut on October 10 as a featured soloist with Placido Domingo. Johnson will tour and perform throughout the fall, with additional dates to be announced.
Comments Johnson: "When I first started conceiving the sounds of Introducing Gabriel Johnson, I had been listening to a lot of music that was very simple and melodic, but had tremendous fire and depth once you really dug in and peeled off the layers…The MiLes Davis and Gil Evans collaborations from the late 50s with their beautiful, intricate and simultaneously accessible harmonies, as well as those instant classic Madlib and J-Dilla records on Stones Throw, which had a huge influence on me. I also listened to D'Angelo's Voodoo, with it's utterly, raw sexiness which can never be overlooked in music."
Some might find this an odd connection, but to Johnson, it had everything he was looking for: It was melodic, accessible and highly enjoyable, with tremendous depth and complexity. Introducing Gabriel Johnson is comprised of 10 original compositions and three covers, with the lead single "Wait A Minute" being the catalyst for the rest of the album, with its simple melody and sparseness of the beat and harmony. Among the highlights include Johnson's brooding version of Radiohead's "Codex" off the 2011album The King Of Limbs, which provides a different take than the original version, while still retaining its powerful beauty and melancholy. Johnson says "I've always been a huge fan of Radiohead and was immediately taken aback when I first heard the song…I knew I had to do my own version."