Blue (1995)
Subversive Indie Pop/Funk

Here’s an outstanding, quietly funky pop release from Jef Lee Johnson, the hot-shot avant-blues session guitarist with a resume that includes, among others, Ronald Shannon Jackson, McCoy Tyner & Aretha Franklin. His 1995 debut, Blue, is an album of smart, blues pop that takes its cues from some oddly varied sources (Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Was Not Was). Johnson’s black roots are evident throughout, but his pop side seems to emanate from some place else all together. Give a listen to the Dan-like “A Little Too Much For Hollywood” for just one example of Johnson’s indie take on funky pop. Give special attention to the left field guitar lines (Jef Lee plays nearly every instrument). The CD was originally released on the tiny Coconut Grove label run by Peter Weatherbee, a Bill Laswell cohort. The label also issued a great CD by ex-Funkadelic guitarist, Tal Ross (HERE) the same year. Both are examples of those hidden, talent-filled gems we’re all lucky to stumble across every once in a while. Once available for pennies, now expensive @ Amazon, HERE.

Everything Starts Right Now
A Little Too Much For Hollywood
Tryin‘ Fire
Ain’t Seen Irene
Feel So Fine
Love Song
Black Sands
You Jumped The Gun, Again
Seems For No Reason
Burn Your Fields On Down
Some Dreams, Like Now
Jungle pt. II



  • Willard
    June 20, 2011 - 11:04 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • wyatt
    December 10, 2012 - 18:31 | Permalink

    looks like a good one! thanks

  • December 10, 2012 - 21:05 | Permalink

    Well now. This thing sure does smoke, now doesn’t it? I will always wonder why people like Lenny Kravitz got all the attention when stuff by this guy and people like Ronny Jordan got nothing. Yikes. Thanks for turning me on to this!

  • ate2zee
    December 10, 2012 - 21:47 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard, this is just right & all new to me.

  • buzzbabyjesus
    December 12, 2012 - 22:36 | Permalink

    This has been a favorite of mine since I got a promo copy out of the milk crates at Sal’s.
    A very, very good album. Still sounds up to date.

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