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Clarence J. Johnson III | Watch Him Work

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Watch Him Work

by Clarence J. Johnson III

The mateerial on this release can best be described as a fresh take on jazz fusion, which is reminiscent of the compositional styles of Stanley Clarke, George Duke, the Brecker Bros., and the Yellow Jackets.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Watch Him Work
4:17 $0.99
2. Mamma's Prayer
4:46 $0.99
3. Like Father Like Son
5:18 $0.99
4. Cornerstone
6:08 $0.99
5. Joy
4:52 $0.99
6. Grazin in the Grass
3:52 $0.99
7. The Way You Look Tonight
5:39 $0.99
8. Brian's Journey
4:47 $0.99
9. Struttin'
4:19 FREE
10. Beyond Words
5:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
“The direction of the music exhibits the things that I’ve gone through, the things that have made me mature and grow up,” he said. “At 22, you’re one way. When you’re in your late 30s, you’re a seasoned veteran, looking at things from a mature perspective. I think all of that is reflected in the music and the life choices that I’ve made.”

He named his record company, as well as a track on the new record, “Like Father Like Son.” “It’s a tribute to the way my dad raised me in Godly instruction, and the way I’m trying to do the same thing with my son. Looking at my father, the way he carried himself with such dignity and class, I learned how to be a man.”

The “Him” of the “Watch Him Work” title track is a reflection of Johnson’s deep-seated, non-denominational Christianity.

“That’s exactly what this record represents. The ‘h’ will always be capitalized to signify that I’m talking about God. No matter how tough things become, just offer it up in prayer. Once you let God deal with it, just step back and watch Him work.”

“Watch Him Work” contains only two cover songs. Both factor into Johnson’s personal history.

His father was a fan of the Hugh Masekela classic “Grazin’ in the Grass.” “That was one of those tracks that my dad, God rest his soul, used to play on Sunday mornings. That stuck with me throughout the years.” Johnson outfitted it with a “stepper’s groove,” in light of a resurgence in line-dancing.

He performed the romantic standard “The Way You Look Tonight” at his wedding. His arrangement shifts from a major to a minor key and eases back on the tempo. “By slowing it down as a ballad, it gave me more of a chance to express the emotion I was feeling that day.”



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Scott O'Brien

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From the great city of New Orleans comes seriously inspiring saxophone jazz from Mr. Clarence J. Johnson III. This NOLA native acknowledges God, plus the joys and sorrows of life, on his first album release in nearly 15 years. WATCH HIM WORK is a project best described as a fresh take on jazz fusion. With a resume that includes major gigs, highlighted by his part in the motion picture “Ray,” together with his impressive experience as an educator, Clarence is a jazz force to be reckoned with. We highly recommend that you acquire WATCH HIM WORK for your jazz collection and start moving to the music!