Norman Johnson is not a newbie to the music game. He has 20+ recordings as a sideman to musicians like Bill Mays, Harvie S. Phil Wilson, and Steve Gadd. Did I mention he also shared the stage with jazz luminaries, Jerry Bergonzi and the late Dave Brubeck? From where I sit, guitarist Norman Johnson earned his musical bones working with many of the industry’s best!
Get It While You Can is Johnson’s sophomore release with an agenda – enjoy life and have big fun doing it. Johnson combines personal favorites like, That’s The Way Of The World, Got To Get You Into My Life, and Until You Come Back To Me, with his own composition(s), Get It While You Can, Danza Dance, Saudade, and my personal favoriteKiller Jane – a humorous take off on Quincy Jones classic version of Benny Golson’s Killer Joe from the female perspective – the end result, a simmering sauce of conversations that groove.
There is a joyous vibe flowing through Get It While You Can that resonated within me. Perhaps it’s the interplay of his music, their music, and the guitar; can’t say for sure. What I can say with certainty is that the CD works for me. And Norman says, “Music is a lot like love; no matter how much time you think you have left, you have to Get It While You Can” … Go. Go on. Go get it.