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Rainbow Shadow - A Tribute to Jef Lee Johnson

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Rainbow Shadow - A Tribute to Jef Lee Johnson

Artist: Reggie Washington
Year: 2015

Reggie Washington felt it necessary to record this tribute to Jef Lee Johnson, as he became a fan of Jef Lee's music the moment they met.

"Jef deserves wider recognition for this work and music," says Reggie. "His songs tell many life stories!"

In January 2014 Reggie Washington, Marvin Sewell, DJ Grazzhoppa and Patrick Dorcéan recorded for a week at Moods Studio in Brittany, France. 

In September 2014 musicians that had played with Jef, knew Jef or whom Jef loved were invited to contribute their skills to the project: Chico Huff, Yohannes Tona, Wallace Roney, Dana Leong, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Lili Anel, Jonathan Crayford, Monique Harcum and TIBOO. 

The cover of the album captures moments of a conversation in which Reggie was explaining his friendship and feelings for Jef Lee Johnson to the photographer, David Crunelle.

Few QUOTES :

Choc Jazz Magazine 

5 starsJazz Mozaïek 

4 stars Soul Bag

New Reggie Washington sounding smoooothBBC Radio 6 Music / Gilles Peterson

One of the finest albums of 2015The Funk and Soul Revue

Certainement le plus beau son de basse électrique aujourd’hui.Jazz Hot

Il y en pour la planète entière dans ce disque... Quel feeling de surcroît ! - Libération

Reggie Washington has been a flexible electric bassist who can easily shift from slamming funk to surging swing without dropping a beat. - Downbeat

Washington delivers a feel-soaked tribute - Bassplayer / Chris Jisi

For “Rainbow Shadow,” the versatile Washington embraces elements of jazz, funk, blues and R&B and masterfully delivers an intoxicating collection of hard-grooving arrangements. - Herald Standard

The musicianship on the record is simply staggering, and Reggie’s expressive bass lines become the vocals of each track, singing out melodic riffs that hit hard and hook. - Rock On Philly 

Reggie n’avait jamais eu la prétention de devenir une star. En saluant la mémoire d’un musicien d’envergure, le New-Yorkais, amateur de paradoxes, est devenu lui-même. On ne s’en plaindra assurément pas. - Bruno Pfeiffer

Un bel album pleins de couleurs et de grooveVers l’Avenir

C’est le troisième album du bassiste américain installé à Bruxelles. Et il est excellent. - Jean Claude Van Troyen 

Ça balance chouette, on a envie de danser avec Jef Lee et Reggie et c’est plein d’émotion. Ceci est le volume 1. Vivement le volume 2 ! - Le Soir

C’est un bel instrument la basse, libérée par le jazz et le funk, et ce l’est d’autant plus entre les mains d’un Reggie Washington. - La libre Belgique


Tracklist:

  1. Crow's Rainbow
  2. Reckless Eyeballin'
  3. Big Machine / Keep It Funky
  4. Morning
  5. Cake
  6. Black Sands Interlude
  7. Black Sands
  8. As Free
  9. Living
  10. Finding Reprise
  11. Sewell in the Grazz
  12. Take the Coltrane
  13. Move / Shannon
  14. For You Jef

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