Philadelphia native Gail Jhonson is the
heart of the all star female ensemble, Jazz in Pink, and produced
their debut CD, 1st Collection in 2014. She started her solo career
with the album
Music Playing (2004), followed by
(2008) on nuGroove Records, HerStory
on 111 East Music (2011) and this year New Beginnings on
Philly the Kid Records.
After the loss of her son, her daughter off to
Berklee College of Music, an unexpected surgery the recordings of
her new album were like a deeply liberating breath.
Gail is supported by prolific musicians like multiinstrumentalist
Hamilton Hardin, saxophonists Marion Meadows and Mike Parlett,
bassist Jimmy Haslip
and many more.
The album introduces into Gail's new creation with the title song.
Tailored to win, this elegant tune is the ideal platform for Gail's
keyboard talent extraordinaire. Uptown Philly is the first
single of the album and Gail's tribute to her birth town. She
touches our ears easily and fluffy with her divine style.
Soulful Strut is certainly the secret hymn of smooth jazz.
Covered by a legion of musicians like George Benson (1977),
Nick Colionne (1994), Grover Washington Jr. (1996), Paul
Jackson Jr. (1996)
or Rocco Ventrella (2006) the song hasn't lost its magic in
Gail's hands. To Tamina is dedicated to Gail's lovely daughter
Tamina, who is meanwhile 21 years old.
The mellow peaceful ballad Here We Go Again is really
soothing to the soul. This catchy song showcases Gail's vocal
talent. Gail's Groove is tagged as tribute to Lonnie Liston
Smith, the legendary funk, soul and jazz musician. Gail discreetly
incorporates jazz elements into her piano playing. Magical
Mystery takes us on a journey into the land of dreams with
gentle sounds of vocals, sax and piano. The funky Hands Up
is a critical contribution to the current tense situation of police
Bassist Jimmy Haslip is shining on Vibe with the wellintoned
sound of his fretless bass. Most of the elders will know the song by
the Beatles And I Love Her, written mainly by Paul
McCartney. Falsetto singer Rob MacDonald and pianist Jhonson have
filtered out of this simple song its substantial essence and rebuilt
it to a meaningful love ballad full of emotions.
Mr. Calloway is inspired by Cabell "Cab" Calloway III,
the late American jazz singer and bandleader. Best
known by his appearance and his song Minnie the Moocher in
the movie Blues Brothers. Gail comments: “If Big
Band music would be Pop music now....it might sound like this! I
like all the instruments and I see dancers swingin' away!!″ Now
imagine Fred Astaire dancing to funk music and you can follow her
With New Beginnings we experience Gail Jhonson 2.0. Composer
and keyboardist in the best form of her life.