New recording in progress from Ed Johnson & Novo Tempo!
Ed and his band Novo Tempo are currently working on an exciting new recording. It features mostly original compositions and explores themes such as finding joy through hardship, caring for our planet, and how love sustains us all.
Expected release date is summer 2021. Watch this space for updates!
Play the video to hear “New Day Rising”, a joyous new single from the upcoming CD →
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Ed has been teaching private lessons in guitar and voice through Palo Alto’s Gryphon Stringed Instruments for 30 years. With his many years of experience, he brings knowledge of all aspects of guitar and vocal techniques that few can match, plus an affinity for students at any level of ability.
Questions? Email Ed or call 650-996-2155.
THE OTHER ROAD – Ed Johnson & novo tempo
Original contemporary Brazilian-inspired songs and instrumentals from a high-powered octet.
The Other Road is Ed’s fourth and latest solo release. Ed’s previous releases, 2004’s Movimento and 2002’s Over That Wave, received glowing reviews, national airplay, and made the Bubbling Under section of the Yellow Dog Jazz chart.
“I am strongly impressed with all the original tracks on this album, and excited to discover a player with such musical fire! “The Other Road” is a grand sonic adventure that gets our MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating!”
–Dick Metcalf, aka Rotcod Zzaj
MOVIMENTO – Ed Johnson & novo tempo
Vibrant, original contemporary jazz with a Latin feel and a refreshing emphasis on vocal harmony and horn arrangements. Evocative of Brazilian pop, but unlike anything you’ve heard before.
“Think early Return to Forever meets Jobim and Sergio Mendes.”
—San Jose Mercury News
Movimento fully realizes the tight ensemble performance of Ed’s band NOVO TEMPO. Novo Tempo features John Worley, Kristen Strom, Scott Sorkin, Rene Worst, Mark Ivester, and Jeff Busch. Jennifer Scott teams with Ed for distinctive vocalese duets evocative of Tania Maria.
OVER THAT WAVE – Ed Johnson
If you can imagine it, Ed has outdone himself with this recent work. It is sweet, complex, full of energy and love for the music.
“…a very hip combination full of vocal intensity and good musical chops.…His voice, like an American version of Ivan Lins, rises and soars along with his fellow singers Greg Scott, Kim Scanlon and Jennifer Scott to bring a real tour de force to several songs on the CD. There is a real joy and exuberance to these tunes that just can’t be denied. …Highly recommended.”
April 5, 2002
HOUSE OF DOORS – Ed Johnson
A masterpiece of Brazilian-inspired jazz and songwriting. Ed Johnson, with co-writer Mimi Hills, co-producer Rick Vandivier, engineer Gary Mankin, guest vocalists Lissy Abraham, Kathy Kallick, Nate Pruitt, Kim Scanlon, Linda Waterfall, and others, Ed creates a sound that is big, dynamic, stunningly beautiful, and full of discovery. House Of Doors combines the passion of Johnson’s vocal delivery with sophisticated, yet purely enjoyable, musical support.
“…a dynamic recording, showcasing some fine songwriting, singing, and instrumental work.”
Need great music for your upcoming event?
Ed has over thirty years experience playing at private parties, corporate events, weddings, and other functions. He can provide solo guitar or create a custom ensemble in whatever size you need. Whether you want jazz, classical, rock, country, oldies, or anything in between, Ed’s stellar musicianship will make your event memorable.