Thursday, April 21, 2011

You And Your Smile.

I was working on a musical idea / rough beat one day in the studio and my friend Alonzo came into the room and starting singing this melody which was very familiar to me.  He then told me it was from 'Invitation' , a jazz standard originally written in 1952 by Polish composer Bronislaw Kaper.  From then I knew what to do with the track.  I got my close friend and amazing vocalist Sacha Williamson to come in and sing on the track, and my friend David Leitman to play the piano parts (he knew the song in and out).   I think of it as a Hip-Hop meets Jazz meets Latin/Brazilian track.. what do you think?  It was released via 7" vinyl and digital on WAH WAH 45s in 2009.   I have posted the Bill Evans version of the song so you can hear the original composition as well.

Alister Johnson - Invitation ft. Sacha Williamson
  Alister Johnson ft Sacha Williamson - Invitation by alisterjohnson
Bill Evans (w/ Eddie Gomez) - Invitation

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Day Job.

Though I do not work in this sort of environment, I gotta give it up to those who do and can actually avoid going crazy.  I did this remix in 2006 for Sunshine State, a group from Toronto consisting of James Mccollum (Philosopher Kings) & Aleza . I am not sure if they will be releasing new material, but I always liked this one...  Big shouts to Marc Rogers on Upright Bass, David Gouveia on Percussion, & Oliver Johnson (my brother) on Guitar.  Play the whole thing so you can hear my breakdown.. :)  enjoy!

Day Job (Alister Johnson Remix)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

82' Impala.

Yea, OK, this photo is not a Chevy Impala, but a's all I could find online.  Basically this is how I was riding around town on the reg back in high school. I had the blue version of this car (except an Impala, looks almost indentical).  One time I raced an old lady at a stoplight, totally left her in the dust. 350 V8 engine is no joke.  Even though I made this beat a few years ago (long after the car was retired), it reminded me of the feeling I had while cruising the mean streets of Peterborough, NH back in the late 90s.

82' Impala

Thursday, April 14, 2011


No, I don't mean addicted to something illegal or strange....  I am talking about music.   In my opinion, one of the best addictions one can have.  Today I am posting some photos from my studio setup and a bit of a rough cut/paste edit 'beat' that I made one day...thanks for your patience!