art is dedicated to pleasure, and there can be no higher and
worthier end than to make people happy. (Friedrich Schiller)
In Pink is the female alternative to the Rippingtons. Initiated by
keyboardist Gail Jhonson this formation was founded in February
2008. Original core members are besides Gail, flutist Althea Rene,
violinist Karen Briggs, and harpist Mariae Antoinette. Jazz in
Pink released the debut album 1st Collection in 2014.
Their sophomore album Joy! will be released end of October,
2020 on Shanachie Entertainment during the 12th anniversary of
Jazz In Pink.
If you want to know more about the current members of the
group, I recommend a look at the formation's website. Gail
understands the formation as one big family, which now comprises
more than 50 members, who appear in ever-changing line-ups. They
are also involved in the album to a small extent, which was
basically created by Gail Jhonson. Gail has invited a number of
well-known musicians for her recordings, whose list you can find
under credits below.
Joy Joy!, the starter of the album expresses exactly what
Gail intends and wants to achieve with this album. The listeners
should enjoy the music and carry this feeling of happiness into
their everyday life, because the world is sad enough in its
As the first single release, Gail already
carried this message to the world last year. The song featuring
labelmate Kim Waters on sax focuses on the tonal memorability,
which develops its charm in the staccato effect.
The effervescence of Keystroke, the newest single
release, is especially due to guitarist Paul Jackson Jr. who is in
perfect rhythmic harmony with Gail's synths, providing a solid
foundation for her melodic piano excursion. All That Jazz
featuring Marion Meadows on sax spans the bow between smooth jazz
and classical jazz giving room for the melodious, but not
neglecting the jazzy component.
Gail has made a good choice with flutist Kim Scott, whose
expressive playing brilliantly stimulates Positivity. The
romantic Come For Me is a rare melodic seduction. Gail
creates a tender mood with her emotional piano performance.
Steppin' To The Keys presents itself as a gripping take-me-up
that allows head bopping and finger snapping as the only reaction.
Into The Nite is the only tune with solely Gail as
multi-instrumentalist. An infectious work which also admits
dreaming. Roll Out has the right inspiring up-tempo twist
to enthuse the listener. With bassist Robin Bramlett and drummer
Danielle "DeSimone" Thompson two members of Jazz in Pink are
supporting Gail's piano escapade.
The Ride mesmerizes the audience with a combination of
synth and piano, infectious and attractive. Smoother is
Gail's second collaboration with Nate Harasim, who performs synth
and drum programming on this dynamic streamlined piece.
Jazz in Pink featuring Gail Jhonson has put together a tight
package of expressive and rousing melodies on the album Joy!
In the realization of its purpose, this album is undoubtedly
a work of art in the sense of the above quote.
Buy the album in all stores
Artist: Jazz in Pink feat. Gail Jhonson
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Shanachie Entertainment
1) Joy Joy! - featuring Kim Waters (4:21)
2) Keystroke (4:07)
3) All That Jazz - featuring Marion Meadows (4:28)
Positivity - featuring Kim Scott(4:22)
5) Come For Me (4:37)
6) Steppin' To The Keys (4:22)
7) Into The Nite (4:01)
Roll Out (4:29)
9) The Ride (4:08)
10) Smoother (4:06)
Gail Jhonson (piano, synths, drum
Ellis Blacknell (synths, bass, drum
Kim Waters (sax)
Paul Jackson Jr. (guitar)
Marion Meadows (sax)
Sekou Bunch (bass)
Kim Scott (flute)
Harasim (guitar, synths, drum programming)
Wendell "PJ" Donald (synth)
Danielle "DeSimone" Thompson