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And So On

by John Erickson

Lyrical, understated original jazz instrumentals-- solo piano and piano/bass/percussion trio.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. The Night Goes On
6:03 album only
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2. Further Down the Road
6:10 album only
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3. Montrose Harbor
3:50 album only
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4. And So On And So Forth
4:17 album only
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5. Blue In Green
4:15 album only
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6. Third World Man
5:07 album only
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7. Nostalgia's Last Stand
5:12 album only
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8. A Child Is Born
6:37 album only
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9. A Love Too Late
2:17 album only
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10. Presence
4:14 album only
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11. Undertow
2:46 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Reviews of "And So On":

"It's really lovely! John gets a beautiful sound from the instrument and the compositions fit hand in glove with his lyrical playing style. I was particularly drawn to the gentle and understated quality of the entire recording...a welcome antidote to these tumultuous times."

-Russell Ferrante---composer/keyboardist of YELLOWJACKETS


"For those who like introspection and calm strength, this album is to listen, and love, and so on."

-John Barrett, Jr.---Jazz Improv Magazine


Part solo piano, part piano trio, John's second album offers 7 new original compositions, 2 jazz standards, a Steely Dan cover and one from the bass player. Talented, local musicians Patrick Williams and Chris Cash are heard on acoustic bass and percussion.


Raised in California, John now lives in Chicago where he is active in the city's music scene. His debut album, "Contemplation" was released in 2000 on Astarte Records and featured guest artist Steve Rodby, bassist and producer of the Pat Metheny Group, on bass.

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Betty Tietsort

A gifted musician composer gives soul to jazz and beyond
Contemplation, a beautiful CD expressing feeling, moods with elegance that pull at the heartstrings. And So On, a CD that is reality for the unbelievable. Both perfection! Erickson's, Miles Davis, Blue In Green, is a gift to Miles Davis! Hope Miles receives it.
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Gina Vodegel

Their adaptation of Steely Dan’s Third World Man is one of subtile sobriety
Pianist John Erickson’s debut album Contemplation (2000) features 4 piano/bass duets with the renowned Pat Metheny Group bassist/producer Steve Rodby. Whether John plays solo or not, there’s something about the mood he’s able to create with his compositions. The second album ‘And So On’ (2004) continues a journey of sensible, thoughtful musical skill, only this time in collaboration with Chicago bassist Patrick Williams and percussionist Chris Cash.
Their adaptation of Steely Dan’s Third World Man is one of subtile sobriety, calm yet passionate in its restraint and strong approach. When the acoustic bass steps up for a moment, it seems as if the voice is taken captive in the imagery of the lyrics and then John fluently picks up the pace to lead the way again. From beginning to end, this album is extremely pleasant to listen to, tracks like ‘Montrose Harbor’ and ‘Nostalgia’s Last Stand’ are cinematic in their sound, while ‘And So On And So Forth’ seems to jog the memory and trigger yet another sense of familiarity you like to hold on to. There’s no comparison to either Bill Evans or Keith Jarrett, still they easily come to mind when listening to John Erickson.
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Dale Heidebrecht

And So On is beyond wonderful.
John Erickson has outdone himself with his second offering. John's first CD, Contemplation was wonderful, but And So On is beyond. An incredible CD to listen to and experience.
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Julie Ganey

Got it as a gift and love it
I got this CD as a gift and didn't think I'd like it. I was wrong. I listen to this CD all the time. I like the way all the songs work together. And if you have a baby, it is magic in the car. It's the only thing that stops my one year old from crying.
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Steve Schenkel

Truly lovely.....
John Erickson's second CD builds on the promise of his first offering, the masterful "Contemplation." His new music is truly lovely. John plays and writes with restraint, a quality lacking in 99% of the jazz recorded today. His sense of orchestration is as sensitive as his lyrical touch on the keyboard. As a bonus, here is a pianist who understands how to play a legato line. Buy this CD. You need the nourishment of this music.
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Margaret Scott


I wasn't sure I'd like it as much as Contemplation but I find myself reaching for it more often than any other CD. The song "And So On" always makes me smile, I can't stay sad when I hear it. The whole CD flows beautifully from one tune to the next. His songs really speak to me. It's just a joy to listen to.
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