Robert Cunningham, Lexington Jazz Music Examiner
Listening to the newest release from Norman Johnson ‘Get it While You Can,’ a new genre would properly classify this collection. For consideration, adding the genre ‘soothe-smooth jazz’ for any collection that transcends beyond and elevates above the capacity of smooth jazz. This genre will only be designated to collections that effectively evaporate all the worries of the day while soothing frayed nerves with smooth peaceful thoughts of tranquility; thus the term ‘Soothe-smooth jazz,’ or perhaps simply ‘soothe jazz.’
Some clever interpretations to well –known songs from Earth Wind and Fire's ‘That’s the Way of the World,’ and ‘Got to Get You into My Life,’ as well as, Aretha Franklin's ‘Until You Come Back to Me,’ provide fun new versions to these familiar songs. A few Latin songs anchor this collection and provide a well-rounded cornucopia of musical selections. Pay particular attention to song ‘Nagoya Nights.’ This song epitomizes the concept of ‘soothe jazz.’
Enjoy the song, ‘Get it While You Can’ on many great jazz stations including NewporterJazz. Norman Johnson’s collection, “Get It While You Can’ is the ideal collection to begin one’s 2013 library of great music. For those that categorize their collections by genre, make some extra space for the ‘soothe-jazz’ genre and place Norman Johnson’s collection in its appropriate category.
Ed Tankus, Blue Plate Radio
I have listened to this CD several times. Norman Johnson has successfully made some very familiar songs his own and avoided the cookie-cutter approach to recording some old favorites. As one who listens to thousands of tracks on a regular basis, "Get It While You Can" is fresh and exciting from beginning to end. Kudos, too, to Johnson for using gifted musicians known for their straight-ahead chops in an original smooth-jazz way. " Get It While You Can" and get it while it's HOT!
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 favorite Killer 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.Owen McNally, The Hartford Courant
Relaxed and bathed in contemporary jazz rhythms, featuring a horn section and guest appearances by the likes of flutist Ali Ryerson, trombonist Steve Davis and pianist/vocalist Grayson Hugh, the new CD is a sunny blend of fun and funk, custom-made, wrinkle-free material expertly tailored by Johnson for discerning smooth jazz fans.