ERIC JOHN­SON EJ

Guitar Techniques - - MUSIC -

Mas­cot/Provogue ✪✪✪✪ ✪

Any new re­lease from the Texas tone­mas­ter is a pulse raiser, but sub­ti­tled Song Ex­plo­rations On Acous­tic Gui­tar And Pi­ano we didn’t know what to ex­pect from this. Yet, from the open­ing strains of Mrs Robin­son, de­liv­ered with typ­i­cal panache, it’s clear we’re in for a treat. Won­der is a lovely orig­i­nal, with Eric’s Martin D-45 of­fer­ing stun­ning back­ing to his touch­ing vo­cal. Other stand-out tracks are a pi­ano and gui­tar take on Hen­drix’s One Rainy Wish, with the Jimi-style fills work­ing bril­liantly on acous­tic. Sadly, the solo is on pi­ano. Clas­si­cal fans will ap­pre­ci­ate the Ramirez-driven Serenidad, while who could fail to be stag­gered by a duet with Doyle Dykes, on Les Paul and Mary Ford’s The World Is Wait­ing For The Sun­shine. Taste and tech­nique are John­son hall­marks, and al­though this is as much a pi­ano al­bum as it is gui­tar, we heartily rec­om­mend it.

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