LA via Chicago multi-instrumentalist/composer Josh Johnson has shared details of his debut album as a leader, Freedom Exercise.
The album is preceded by lead track, ‘Western Ave’, which takes its name from the city-spanning thoroughfare of both Los Angeles and Chicago – two places with a substantial imprint on Josh Johnson’s sound. The gorgeous track features a rugged, colourful arrangement propelled by Aaron Steele’s afro-beat-inspired drums and an earthy bass line.
Speaking about the appeal of the record beyond the jazz community, Johnson says, “It brings in a lot of people who don’t go to jazz clubs,” he says. “It’s a thing that’s been very stimulating for me because it doesn’t feel insular.”
Refreshingly different and completely absorbing is how we’d describe the music of Josh Johnson.
Northern Spy Records will release Freedom Exercise on 9th October. Pre-order the album here and, check out the artwork and tracklisting below.Tracklisting:
1. Nerf Day
3. Western Ave
6. New 7th July. False Choice
9. Simple Song
10. Return Recoil