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...........CDs/Listening

..........On this page are nine recording projects that have been released.
..........On top are the most recent. As you scroll down you go back in time
............to the earlier recordings. Click on the CD images if you would like to do some listening.

...........CDs are $12.00 U.S dollars each plus $2.00 for domestic shipping.

......................Payment can be made through the following links. Cdbaby currently only has "what It Is"
..................in stock. The other CDs can be purchased by sending payment to Burr Johnson through PayPal.

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"What It Is"

This recording was done in 2008 through the hard efforts of myself and Al Payson. We put in long hours on the mixing and it shows. Al is a master. Many thanks to him for all his hard work. Also much appreciation to Phil Mcarthur for all his help on the mastering. Phil came along at exactly the right time and really helped us out with his giant ears. Thierry Arpino is a joy to play with. He is an inspiration to everyone. He and Al play great on this project and do great justice to the compositions. We've been overwhelmed by the generous reviews that this record has received. Click here to see. There are three vocal tracks in this collection, but the real meat of the matter is in the trio playing. Great fun! Also, special thanks to Nick Saya and Tyger Mcneil for their drumming on the bonus tracks. Click here, or on the image to do some listening...


 


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"Traveler"

Traveler was recorded in 2005 with Kim Plainfield on drums and Al
Payson on bass. Kim delivers highly evolved drum parts as Al keeps everything steady. As usual, there is much MIDI guitar to hear here. The
vocal song, which is track 4, has a funny middile section that we had
great fun recording. The MIDI and regular guitar tones are worth
mentioning. All the guitar parts were done with Native Instrument's
Guitar Rig, amp simulating software that produces great tone. And the
MIDI guitar instruments were done with Logic and Native Instruments plug
ins. We're very happy with the blend. Click here, or on the image to do some listening...

 



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"Summer Funk"

We were so well received at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland the previous summer, we decided to hunker down and get another CD done for the following year. We were so glad in the end to have worked so hard to get it done because we sold out of all the boxes we brought with us. Summer Funk (the title track) has been a band favorite for a long time. Such a pleasure to play with Al and Thierry. True professionals. Extra thanks to Al for all his hard work. The following audio contains excerpts of the song Summer Funk. It jumps around through the song just to give an idea of what's in there. Click here, or on the image to do some listening...

 





 

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..........."The Burr Johnson Band"


These tracks are the first recordings done after I got back into
midi guitar. Previously I had worked for many years with different
guitar synthesizer systems and had varied but mostly frustrating results.
Then I was approached to try the Axon pitch to midi converter, and
after trying it, was again hooked on the world of midi guitar. The
regular guitar side was still analogue though, with Mesa Boogie stuff, so
the system was not yet a fully digital environment. On these recordings
the distrotion tones are really "tube-ish" in their quality. Nick Saya does
a great job with the drum chair, and Tyger McNeal also makes an
appearance. Al Payson never dissapoints, always there, always great. The audio here is just the opening groove and part of the head of the song "Nice Car". I'm gonna add some more audio to listen to from this project soon. Click here, or on the image to do some listening...

 



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"Woodwork"

I had been getting a great deal of duet gigs the summer we recorded this, and Dave Keys and I really started to click. We were mainly doing jazz standards and some of my originals. So we recorded five standards and one original. We received hearty reviews and have used the CD to get many a gig (I wish Dave was in town more often). Its great playing the standards. Its like taking a shower. Click here, or on the image to do some listening...


 


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..................."My Treehouse"


This is the second of two childrens recordings I did with Barbara Baker.
I was trained by Barbara to work with kids doing ealy childhood development through music and movement. She and I wrote and recorded two compilations
that are a big part of the classes we run. The material is designed to inspire
the kids to move and respond to the promps we give during the songs. These recordings provide a great atmosphere for the development of children's
perceptual motor skills. For the compositions, we used many different styles
of music to broaden the children's musical awareness. There is even a Muddy
Waters style blues in there called "My Treehouse". Click here, or on the
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"The Dinner Party"

This was our first album as a trio. Al Payson on bass, Nick Saya on drums, great players both. This recording was done before I returned to the world of midi guitar. I had been listening to a lot of Stevie Ray Vaughn around this time and I think you can hear it in the writing and soloing. The song Spock, one of the most popular songs on the CD, started out as a piece based on the Spock character from Star Trec. It began with the bass line that was always played when Spock did his mind meld thing. But in the end the bass line morphed into something completely different. We kept the name though because that is how the song originated. The art work here is kind of goofy. We wanted the artist to make us scary and sinister looking. Instead we look more like characters from the old Speed Racer cartoons. Regardless, the CD sounds great. Al and I had so much fun recording the sound effects between the tracks. I dont think I ever laughed so hard. Click here, or on the image to do some listening...


 


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.................."Pocket Science"


Cool name. These recordings were the first offical Jazz/Fusion studio
project under the Burr Johnson Band name. On this on you will hear
keyboards, bass, drums and guitar (Nick Baralok, Kip Sophis, Mike Thompson,
Burr Johnson). The writing here is a bit different since there are four players.
The music on Pocket Science has many twists and turns. It is so interesting to compare and contrast the writing style from this recording and the more recent
stuff. Click here, or on the image to do some listening..

 



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"Jungle Jam"

This is the first Children's Music CD/Albumn that Barbara and I released. When we started doing our classes together, we quickly realized that having some great original music would really help inspire the children to get involved in the active parts of our programs. It worked like a charm. Not only did the kids become more active, but the parents said they really liked the tracks as well. A win win. Click here, or on the image to do some listening...


 

 


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