Johnson, Alphonso

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

Johnson, Alphonso - Yesterday's Dreams Yesterday's Dreams
Jazz Used - LP PE 34364 Epic
1976 White Label Promo Featuring Grover Washington, Ray Gomez, Lee Ritenour, Patrice Rushen, Sheila Escovedo, Flora Purim, Jon Lucien, Diane Reeves, Ernie Watts, Garnett Brown.... more details
 
Johnson, Alphonso - Moonshadows Moonshadows
Jazz Used - LP PE 34118 Epic
1976 Original With Custom Inner Sleeve. Shrink Wrap Intact. Features Bennie Maupin, Flora Purim, Gary Bartz, Airto And Others. Appears Unplayed.... more details
 
Johnson, Alphonso - Spellbound Spellbound
Jazz Used - LP JE 34869 Epic
1977 White Label Promo With Custom Inner Sleeve. Features Michael Carey, Bayete And Pat Thrill. Top Seam Split, Hence Price.... more details
 
Johnson, Alphonso - Spellbound Spellbound
Jazz Used - LP JE 34869 Epic
1977 White Label Promo With Timing Strip And Custom Inner Sleeve. Features Michael Carey, Bayete And Pat Thrill. Appears Glossy, Unplayed. “After Yesterday's Dreams And Moonshadows, Spellbound Is Alphonso Johnson's Third And, Unfortunately, Last Album (To Date) As A Leader. Whereas Moonshadows Featured A Lot Of Famous Guest Players, Such As Bennie Maupin And Patrice Rushen, Spellbound Features A Band Consisting Of Relatively Unknown Musicians: Kevin Shireve (Guitars), Clyde Criner (Keyboards), And David Igelfeld (Drums And Percussion), With Pat Thrall Adding Some Guitar Solos To Some Tracks. The Record Is A Great Showcase For Johnson's Bass Playing, Alternating Between Soloing ("Nomads"), Lead Bass ("Face Blaster"), And Supporting Duties. The Band Delivers A Very Solid Performance, Though They Never Get As Much Spotlight. For All Of Johnson's Technical Brilliance, He Seems To Be More Concerned With The Songs Itself And Their Respective Moods, Though, And So He Restrains Himself Quite Often From Showing Off, Which Helps A Lot. Most Of The Tracks Are Jazz-Rock Pieces Somewhere Between Romantic Warrior And Goblin, But There Are A Couple Of Ballads Added For Good Measure. On Four Occasions, Johnson Also Sings, And While He Has A Rather Weak (Albeit Pleasant) Voice, It Actually Fits The Songs Very Well: Even The Faster Pieces On This Record Always Retain A Quiet Aura Of Melancholy, And Johnson's Tender Voice And Peculiar Melodies Add To The Charm. The Pensive "Moonlight Conversations" Is A Gem, While The Six-Part "Earthtales Suite" Shows The Artist's Ambitions, As It Ranges From Almost Classical Impressions (His Bowed Bass Playing Nearly Passes As A Whole String Section) To Synth Noise Effortlessly. Actually, The Whole Album Works As A Suite, Especially Since The Last Track Reprises The First One, And While It Is Not A Must-Have, It Certainly Shows Ambition And Originality. Unfortunately, Spellbound Is Not Available On CD.” Christian Genzel, AMG.... more details
 
Johnson, Alphonso - Moonshadows Moonshadows
Jazz Used - LP PE 34118 Epic
1976 White Label Promo With Custom Inner Sleeve And Glossy Promo One Sheet. Shrink Wrap Intact. Appears Unplayed. Features Bennie Maupin, Flora Purim, Gary Bartz, Airto And Others. “An Excellent Jazz-Funk-Fusion Album By Weather Report's Bass Player Alphonso Johnson, A Few Songs Like "Stump" Picked Up Some Disco Plays. It's Nice To Hear An Album By A Player Of A Particular Instrument Where The Player And His Instrument Play A Prominent Role. This Album Abounds With Muscle Bass Riffs; Unlike Idris Muhammad's (Drummer) Albums, Where The Drums Are Indistinguishable. Other Notable Tracks Include "Involuntary Bliss," "Pandora's Box," And "On The Case." Andrew Hamilton, AMG.... more details
 
Johnson, Alphonso - Moonshadows Moonshadows
Jazz Used - LP PE 34118 Epic
1976 Original With Custom Inner Sleeve. Features Bennie Maupin, Flora Purim, Gary Bartz, Airto And Others. Appears Unplayed.... more details
 

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