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YOUR MAJESTY GEORGE V JOHNSON JR ~ WALK SPIRIT TALK SPIRIT

By Robert J. Carmack
June 14, 2022
www.HipsterSanctuary.com

I don’t know what it is about Jazz that makes me Astral-travel. My definition of a curated Jazz recording is, 1. Best material 2. Solid musicians 3.Willingness to “Go out on a Limb”(courage). When tackling a tour de force with powerful music and the ilk of McCoy Tyner, Nat Adderley, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, Hank Mobley, and Lou Donaldson. What makes this project so hip and exciting is GEORGE V. JOHNSON Jr.’s vision and experience as working musician and songwriter.  Right out the gate, is a big splash intro to a moving piece of history by McCoy Tyner. Walk Spirit Talk Spirit (Knarrative Will Set You Free) we lost the great one in 2020.

What George has done is take two of Tyner’s stellar compositions including “Fly with the Wind” and crafted them into masterpieces in sound and “Griot” lyrics, that tell the best stories abound. McCoy Tyner would be  very proud of his work of art with lyrics. This is historical. 

I lived with this CD for almost a month before I even attempted to review this project in art and soul. In my humble opinion, given a generous amount of “plays” this can become a #1 jazz hit. For example, Johnson Jr’s remarkable lyrics treatment of Wes Montgomery’s ROAD SONG, a strong cut involving the stories from all around the world while traveling and experiencing life on life’s terms. I can only concur with others, who have experienced the personality and artistry of GVJ. Jr. Be sure to put on your seatbelt when you listen to NO ROOM for SQUARES” (Hank Mobley, blue note) Nat Adderley’s JIVE SAMBA, Lou Donaldson, GRAVYTRAIN (1960s soul jazz classic)

George’s sinewy jazz sound shines on all the cuts in this beautiful session with just electrifying musicianship. Band personnel are; Devonte McCoy Trumpet, Elijah Easton saxophone, Herman Burney on Bass (I met years ago in Atlanta, when he was doing a gig with CEDAR WALTON trio) Allyn John Johnson Piano, Dana J. Hawkins drums, (**Steve Arnold bass). This ensemble brings a perfect balance of Dynamics while breathing new life into these classic, iconic tunes.

George has perfect command of his jazz vocabulary, which is not surprising since, he was mentored by the best, the Grand Pop of vocalese, Eddie Jefferson, and James Moody. Eddie even claimed George was the next in-line for sheer skill and dominance in jazz vocals. Its like having a “Magic Jukebox” that plays all the best tunes and in the right order too.

Recalling the electric pace of NO ROOM for SQUARES. It immediately takes me back to when my dad brought that album home, when I was just learning saxophone. Elijah Easton lit a fire under the Band, as if they needed more fuel, in his searing white hot solo, eating up bop changes like pancakes. ”This followed by a lucid, laser-focused solo by trumpeter Devonte McCoy. Allyn Johnson “brings the pain” on all the tunes he plays on.

It’s Johnson Jr. and him alone, who places you in a cozy Jazz Inn in Western USA or, on stage in a smoky, boozy spot tucked away along the Rhine River in Europe during the 1950s..Magic! Lol!! Whether you were diggin’ Miles, Monk, Trane or Mobley, even when they walked the earth, Or, You are a modern Hipster downloading all you can making playlists.. YOU MUST FIND ROOM for YOUR Majesty! You will Hear and see what the Barons of Bop saw in George going all the way back to 1974. He’s relentless in his attack of these songs, injecting his own personal touch that hangs over you like a Dexter Gordon 32 note phrase in Bopology and swing.

One other thing, what’s up with the “YOUR MAJESTY” thing?? Lol. I’m told it was gifted to him by another mentor John Malachi. When the jazz elders give you a nickname, you wear it with pride, like a “Blue Badge of Courage” and respect.

 George V. is the total package also, backgrounds in music, dance, and theater. Watching him perform onstage or just interact with the masters is a treat all in itself.  www.HipsterSanctuary.com gives this effort, FOUR STARS! My highest rating.  Why not grab two copies, one extra for a Pal or student trying to learn about jazz .. very approachable music even for beginners.

Walk Spirit Talk Spirit: YOUR MAJESTY ~ George V. Johnson,Jr. strikes the right chord with me. Get it at your favorite retail spot for recordings or downloads, or direct at www.georgevjohnsonjr.com. 

YOUR MAJESTY GEORGE V JOHNSON JR ~ WALK SPIRIT TALK SPIRIT

By Robert J. Carmack June 14, 2022 www.HipsterSanctuary.com

I don’t know what it is about Jazz that makes me Astral-travel. My definition of a curated Jazz recording is, 1. Best material 2. Solid musicians 3.Willingness to “Go out on a Limb”(courage). When tackling a tour de force with powerful music and the ilk of McCoy Tyner, Nat Adderley, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, Hank Mobley, and Lou Donaldson. What makes this project so hip and exciting is GEORGE V. JOHNSON Jr.’s vision and experience as working musician and songwriter.  Right out the gate, is a big splash intro to a moving piece of history by McCoy Tyner. Walk Spirit Talk Spirit (Knarrative Will Set You Free) we lost the great one in 2020.

What George has done is take two of Tyner’s stellar compositions including “Fly with the Wind” and crafted them into masterpieces in sound and “Griot” lyrics, that tell the best stories abound. McCoy Tyner would be very proud of his work of art with lyrics. This is historical.

I lived with this CD for almost a month before I even attempted to review this project in art and soul. In my humble opinion, given a generous amount of “plays” this can become a #1 jazz hit. For example, Johnson Jr’s remarkable lyrics treatment of Wes Montgomery’s ROAD SONG, a strong cut involving the stories from all around the world while traveling and experiencing life on life’s terms. I can only concur with others, who have experienced the personality and artistry of GVJ. Jr. Be sure to put on your seatbelt when you listen to NO ROOM for SQUARES” (Hank Mobley, blue note) Nat Adderley’s JIVE SAMBA, Lou Donaldson, GRAVYTRAIN (1960s soul jazz classic)

George’s sinewy jazz sound shines on all the cuts in this beautiful session with just electrifying musicianship. Band personnel are; Devonte McCoy Trumpet, Elijah Easton saxophone, Herman Burney on Bass (I met years ago in Atlanta, when he was doing a gig with CEDAR WALTON trio) Allyn John Johnson Piano, Dana J. Hawkins drums, (**Steve Arnold bass). This ensemble brings a perfect balance of Dynamics while breathing new life into these classic, iconic tunes.

George has perfect command of his jazz vocabulary, which is not surprising since, he was mentored by the best, the Grand Pop of vocalese, Eddie Jefferson, and James Moody. Eddie even claimed George was the next in-line for sheer skill and dominance in jazz vocals. Its like having a “Magic Jukebox” that plays all the best tunes and in the right order too.

Recalling the electric pace of NO ROOM for SQUARES. It immediately takes me back to when my dad brought that album home, when I was just learning saxophone. Elijah Easton lit a fire under the Band, as if they needed more fuel, in his searing white hot solo, eating up bop changes like pancakes. ”This followed by a lucid, laser-focused solo by trumpeter Devonte McCoy. Allyn Johnson “brings the pain” on all the tunes he plays on.

It’s Johnson Jr. and him alone, who places you in a cozy Jazz Inn in Western USA or, on stage in a smoky, boozy spot tucked away along the Rhine River in Europe during the 1950s..Magic! Lol!! Whether you were diggin’ Miles, Monk, Trane or Mobley, even when they walked the earth, Or, You are a modern Hipster downloading all you can making playlists.. YOU MUST FIND ROOM for YOUR Majesty! You will Hear and see what the Barons of Bop saw in George going all the way back to 1974. He’s relentless in his attack of these songs, injecting his own personal touch that hangs over you like a Dexter Gordon 32 note phrase in Bopology and swing.

One other thing, what’s up with the “YOUR MAJESTY” thing?? Lol. I’m told it was gifted to him by another mentor John Malachi. When the jazz elders give you a nickname, you wear it with pride, like a “Blue Badge of Courage” and respect.

 George V. is the total package also, backgrounds in music, dance, and theater. Watching him perform onstage or just interact with the masters is a treat all in itself.  www.HipsterSanctuary.com gives this effort, FOUR STARS! My highest rating.  Why not grab two copies, one extra for a Pal or student trying to learn about jazz .. very approachable music even for beginners.

Walk Spirit Talk Spirit: YOUR MAJESTY ~ George V. Johnson,Jr. strikes the right chord with me. Get it at your favorite retail spot for recordings or downloads, or direct at www.georgevjohnsonjr.com

George V. Johnson’s album entitled, “Your Majesty | Walk Spirit Talk Spirit" is hip and refreshing as it honors the fundamentals of jazz and mindful storytelling.  The 8-song offering includes well-crafted classics featuring original lyrics and arrangements.  Johnson, along with his fellow comrades Elijah Easton (sax), Donvonte McCoy (trumpet), Allyn Johnson (piano), Herman Burney (bass), Steve Arnold (bass), and Dana-j Hawkins (drums) carry the listener through the album’s timely theme of transcendence and renewal of one’s spiritual self. 

“Walk Spirit Talk Spirit”, the album’s first tune, opens with Allyn Johnson’s majestic playing alongside Dana J. Hawkins’ proficient percussion thus setting the tone for an audio journey.  George V. Johnson’s beautiful, commanding voice sings original lyrics over McCoy Tyner’s Walk Spirit Talk Spirit “Knarrative Will Set Us Free”, Donvonte McCoy and Elijah Easton follow Johnson’s lyrics with a smooth, conversational melody.  Elijah, Donvonte, and Allyn serve up back-to-back, vibrant solos and Herman Burney’s delightful strumming supports the song’s theme.  

Other tunes featured on the album such as Lou Donaldson's Blue Note classic "Gravy Train", warning it very Funky, "No Room for Squares",

"Fly With The Wind" with captivating vocal arrangements by Johnson, “Jive Samba” and “Moose the Mooche” are playful and proficient with memorable, sing-along melodies.  “Road Song”, arranged by Donvonte McCoy, one of the album’s gems, is luscious with exceptional storytelling and gentle solos.

When discussing the album and his inspirations, George V. Johnson notes that “Your Majesty”, a nickname gifted to him in earlier years by John Malachi ("Sassy" Sarah Vaughn) was the most suitable to also title the album.  With a background in dance, theater, jazz and performance, the global elements of Johnson’s inspirations provide an intricate tapestry of sound worthy of setting the album, “Your Majesty | Walk Spirit Talk Spirit" on repeat for another round of engaging listening.


Written By: MajeedahJohnson, blogger and Novelist
IG @FearlessArtistry

www.fearlessartistry.com

George V. Johnson’s album entitled, “Your Majesty | Walk Spirit Talk Spirit" is hip and refreshing as it honors the fundamentals of jazz and mindful storytelling.  The 8-song offering includes well-crafted classics featuring original lyrics and arrangements.  Johnson, along with his fellow comrades Elijah Easton (sax), Donvonte McCoy (trumpet), Allyn Johnson (piano), Herman Burney (bass), Steve Arnold (bass), and Dana-j Hawkins (drums) carry the listener through the album’s timely theme of transcendence and renewal of one’s spiritual self. 

“Walk Spirit Talk Spirit”, the album’s first tune, opens with Allyn Johnson’s majestic playing alongside Dana J. Hawkins’ proficient percussion thus setting the tone for an audio journey.  George V. Johnson’s beautiful, commanding voice sings original lyrics over McCoy Tyner’s Walk Spirit Talk Spirit “Knarrative Will Set Us Free”, Donvonte McCoy and Elijah Easton follow Johnson’s lyrics with a smooth, conversational melody.  Elijah, Donvonte, and Allyn serve up back-to-back, vibrant solos and Herman Burney’s delightful strumming supports the song’s theme.  

Other tunes featured on the album such as Lou Donaldson's Blue Note classic "Gravy Train", warning it very Funky, "No Room for Squares",

"Fly With The Wind" with captivating vocal arrangements by Johnson, “Jive Samba” and “Moose the Mooche” are playful and proficient with memorable, sing-along melodies.  “Road Song”, arranged by Donvonte McCoy, one of the album’s gems, is luscious with exceptional storytelling and gentle solos.

When discussing the album and his inspirations, George V. Johnson notes that “Your Majesty”, a nickname gifted to him in earlier years by John Malachi ("Sassy" Sarah Vaughn) was the most suitable to also title the album.  With a background in dance, theater, jazz and performance, the global elements of Johnson’s inspirations provide an intricate tapestry of sound worthy of setting the album, “Your Majesty | Walk Spirit Talk Spirit" on repeat for another round of engaging listening.

Written By: MajeedahJohnson, blogger and Novelist IG @FearlessArtistry

www.fearlessartistry.com

Driving from San Jose to San Francisco, listening to your CD. Outstanding! Love the arrangements, the swing, the groove, players, You, lyrics and message! 

Walk Spirit Talk Spirit!

You Got It Done my Brutha!

Giant Steps,
Afrikahn Jahmal Dayvs 

jzl1.wordpress.com
jazzlineinstitute.org
KKUP 91.5fm
KPFA 94.1fm

Driving from San Jose to San Francisco, listening to your CD. Outstanding! Love the arrangements, the swing, the groove, players, You, lyrics and message!

Walk Spirit Talk Spirit!

You Got It Done my Brutha!

Giant Steps, Afrikahn Jahmal Dayvs

jzl1.wordpress.com jazzlineinstitute.org KKUP 91.5fm KPFA 94.1fm

Knarrative Will Set Us Free | Walk Spirit Talk Spirit 
Review by: Steven Azami
03/08/22 (Radio Airplay)

George V. Johnson Jr voice * 
Elijah Easton saxophone * 
Donvonte McCoy trumpet * 
Allyn Johnson piano * 
Herman Burney bass * 
Dana-j Hawkins drums

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Washington D.C. jazz artist George V Johnson Jr delivers an exhilarating bit of vocal masterwork, with his release of "Knarrative Will Set Us Free." Written in homage to the late pianist and frequent John Coltrane collaborator McCoy Tyner, this track features a fiery rhythm section built around a piano vamp that's very much in Tyner's style and spirit. Johnson's voice is in fine form here as he delivers an inclusive message of equity and unity, punctuated by strikingly passionate and inventive and trumpet. An extended solo section, passed first between the horns and then the piano and drums, fills out the midsection before a final chorus fades into a whisper, rounding out this dynamic arrangement. Jazz aficionados absolutely need to check out George V Johnson's "Knarrative Will Set Us Free", particularly fans of bop and vocal jazz.

Strong Point(s):   Outstanding production, excellent mix, piano features prominently in the overall mix, which was a great choice. You definitely captured McCoy Tyner's oeuvre here. Fantastic band, amazing chemistry and support. Nice melody and repetition with the vocal. I really liked the 2nd voice, gives the lyrics a sort of polytextural and polyrhythmic feel. Solos were all off the chart, particularly the piano. Love the little diminuendo at the end. Again, an exceptional ensemble of highly talented musicians, playing with great energy and enthusiasm. Stellar track, all around. Truly an honor to have had the opportunity to review!

Knarrative Will Set Us Free | Walk Spirit Talk Spirit Review by: Steven Azami 03/08/22 (Radio Airplay)

George V. Johnson Jr voice * Elijah Easton saxophone * Donvonte McCoy trumpet * Allyn Johnson piano * Herman Burney bass * Dana-j Hawkins drums

Washington D.C. jazz artist George V Johnson Jr delivers an exhilarating bit of vocal masterwork, with his release of "Knarrative Will Set Us Free." Written in homage to the late pianist and frequent John Coltrane collaborator McCoy Tyner, this track features a fiery rhythm section built around a piano vamp that's very much in Tyner's style and spirit. Johnson's voice is in fine form here as he delivers an inclusive message of equity and unity, punctuated by strikingly passionate and inventive and trumpet. An extended solo section, passed first between the horns and then the piano and drums, fills out the midsection before a final chorus fades into a whisper, rounding out this dynamic arrangement. Jazz aficionados absolutely need to check out George V Johnson's "Knarrative Will Set Us Free", particularly fans of bop and vocal jazz.

Strong Point(s):   Outstanding production, excellent mix, piano features prominently in the overall mix, which was a great choice. You definitely captured McCoy Tyner's oeuvre here. Fantastic band, amazing chemistry and support. Nice melody and repetition with the vocal. I really liked the 2nd voice, gives the lyrics a sort of polytextural and polyrhythmic feel. Solos were all off the chart, particularly the piano. Love the little diminuendo at the end. Again, an exceptional ensemble of highly talented musicians, playing with great energy and enthusiasm. Stellar track, all around. Truly an honor to have had the opportunity to review!

The edict that drives Knarrative is this one question, inspired by a Sonia Sanchez play: "uh-huh, but how do it free us?!" George Johnson has captured that directive with "Knarrative Will Set Us Free!"~Karen Hunter, founder of Knarrative.

Welcome to Knarrative Home to the Largest Africana Studies Class in the World!!

Sign Up Today! www.Knarrative.com www.karenhuntershow.com Monday to Friday 3 - 6 pm www.siriusxm.com

The edict that drives Knarrative is this one question, inspired by a Sonia Sanchez play: "uh-huh, but how do it free us?!" George Johnson has captured that directive with "Knarrative Will Set Us Free!"~Karen Hunter, founder of Knarrative.

Welcome to Knarrative Home to the Largest Africana Studies Class in the World!!

Sign Up Today! www.Knarrative.com www.karenhuntershow.com Monday to Friday 3 - 6 pm www.siriusxm.com

So deeply appreciative of you, Baba George! You are a real life CULTURE HERO! Asante Sana for a full and ongoing life of deep study, engagement, creativity and powerful uniting expression. We listen to you DAILY!

Walk Spirit Talk Spirit Knarrative Will Set Us Free!

In Class with Carr

The Karen Hunter Show 
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaFQd3vEfo-p4Y12rHjfvjNKtSwz6TY80

Dr. Greg Carr Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies at Howard University and Adjunct Faculty at the Howard School of Law

www.Knarrative.com

Home of the Largest Africana Studies Class in the world!

So deeply appreciative of you, Baba George! You are a real life CULTURE HERO! Asante Sana for a full and ongoing life of deep study, engagement, creativity and powerful uniting expression. We listen to you DAILY!

Walk Spirit Talk Spirit Knarrative Will Set Us Free!

In Class with Carr

The Karen Hunter Show https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaFQd3vEfo-p4Y12rHjfvjNKtSwz6TY80

Dr. Greg Carr Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies at Howard University and Adjunct Faculty at the Howard School of Law

www.Knarrative.com

Home of the Largest Africana Studies Class in the world!

There're singers who sing songs and there're singers who open minds and change the world... George V Johnson Jr is that one ~~ NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath

www.jimmyheath.com

There're singers who sing songs and there're singers who open minds and change the world... George V Johnson Jr is that one ~~ NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath

www.jimmyheath.com