Reggie Washington | Rainbow Shadow - Volume 2 (A Tribute to Jef Lee Johnson)

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Rainbow Shadow - Volume 2 (A Tribute to Jef Lee Johnson)

by Reggie Washington

Reggie has been a fan of Jef Lee’s music since they met. ‘’Jef merits wider recognition for his work and music. His songs tell many life stories. I feel they deserve to be heard and understood’’. This album expresses many feelings reflecting today's tense geo-political climate. It speaks to our times. And if you carefully listen to and read Jef Lee's lyrics, they ring true.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Silence (No Secret)
2:59 $1.50
2. Blind Willie McTell (Live)
12:58 $1.50
3. Hype, Pt. 1
2:03 $1.50
4. R S J
6:00 $1.50
5. Children of the Sonic Soul / Gutter Punk with a Geschlossen
1:26 $1.50
6. The Moon Keeps Telling Me Things (Live)
10:10 $1.50
7. It Usually Slides Open / Solo To "O"
1:35 $1.50
8. Hard to Keep the Faith
4:01 $1.50
9. Cake
5:47 $1.50
10. Sizzlean
4:56 $1.50
11. Other Thoughts of Fanny's Toy
4:44 $1.50
12. Hype, Pt. 2
1:47 $1.50
13. Testimony / Open Up
1:19 $1.50
14. R S J (Reprise)
2:35 $1.50
15. It Ain't Hard for You
6:34 $1.50
16. Emmett Till
2:11 $1.50
17. Rainbow Shadow Excellent Ending
0:29 $1.50
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes

-Silence (No Secret)
This Jef tune was going to be an instrumental tune. When the vocals of Monique Harcum (Philadelphia native) were added, it quickly became the “first tune of the album”! It delivers a strong message of Freedom.

-Blind Willie McTell
We did a dark arrangement of a Jef arrangement of a Bob Dylan tune. At the end of the tune, DJ Grazzhoppa added samples of one of the most dysfunctional figures of our time: the 45th President of United States… No need to say his name.

-Hype (Part 1 & 2)
Originally I was going to sing on this tune. But I wanted to give the tune a different look/listen. I asked John Massa (saxophonist from Marseille) to do some horn arrangements based on Jef’s original horn line. It was great to see another musician explore and be enlightened and enabled by the music/vibe of Jef Lee! The horns I know come from the heart. “Merci Massa”!

A song dedicated to Ronald Shannon Jackson, one of the first leaders I or Jef ever played with in 1985.

This tune has been recorded twice. The first time was an instrumental on Volume #1 with Reuben’s Bass Choir. Spending time with guitarist Hervé Samb gave me the “essence of Senegalese rhythm & guitar”. I was fortunate enough to get some of that essence into this Jef tune with vocals including a spirited solo from Hervé.

This tune is about an artificial breakfast substitute bacon strip popular in 1970s and 80s. Lyrically he speaks of much more, but the title is that. The soloists on this Jef tune are members of the “Wirepullers Fraternity” (of which I am a humble member). I’m honored Jimi Hazel and Ronny Drayton brought the “REAL Ism” for our fallen Wirelpullin’ Brutha.

-Other Thoughts of Fanny’s Toy
This tune is an ever-evolving musical motif. It will forever be “my jam”!

-Testimony – Open Up
TIBOO speaks about what was also important to Jef: making this World a better place.

-It Ain’t Hard for You
I’ve always enjoyed this Jef tune. I asked multi-keyboardist Féderico Gonzalez Peña for some light string parts and he gave me a “George Duke rising”! I knew they both would love it since Jef was in George’s band for over 25 years.

-Emmett Till
Guitarist Marvin Sewell recorded this multi-guitar version of a Jef tune. It encapsulates the sign of the times for me. I hear struggle and pain but also resistance and persistence. If you never heard about Emmett Till, it might be the time to find out who he was. This tune is a distress call to the never-ending racism and white supremacy.

-Rainbow Shadow Excellent Ending
We wanted to finish the album on a positive note and bring some light with a sample from Jef’s tune entitled ‘’Excellent Day’’ which says: ‘’Please listen to what I say… don’t mess with my excellent day’’.



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