Thursday 24 Apr
 
 

Norman rock well

Norman Music Festival

6 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday, 3:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and noon-2 a.m. Saturday

Downtown Norman

normanmusicfestival.com

Free

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Grouplovin’ it

Grouplove with MS MR and Smallpools

6:30 p.m. Monday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.

diamondballroom.net

677-9169

$22-$24

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Hear and now

Hear the Music Tour with The Warren Brothers and Lance Miller

6-10 p.m. Friday

Rodeo Opry

2221 Exchange Ave.

songsforsound.com

$35-$50

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Odyssey of the mind

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey 

with Culture Cinematic and ADDverse Effects

9 p.m. Friday

Twisted Root Gallery

3012 N. Walker Ave.

twistedrootgallery.com

208-4288

$10

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Frndz with benefits

Boyfrndz with Bored Wax and The Hitt Boyz

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge

2408 N. Robinson Ave.

thebluenotelounge.com

600-1166

$5

04/16/2014 | Comments 0
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Maurice Johnson - Tonight


None February 25th, 2010

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Maurice Johnson's debut, "Tonight," is contemporary jazz at its epitome. Although most of the album is neither truly inventive nor groundbreaking, his stylings are certainly worthy of a thorough listen, even if the offering isn't enough for much more than that.

A veteran guitarist, Johnson formed Oklahoma's popular After Five Jazz Band in 1985 and released one CD with the group, "Expressions," in 1992.

His solo effort, released in January by Oklahoma City's Jazz Drops Records, is a mix of his creation, barring one track co-written by fellow smooth-jazz musician Gary Fuston. Johnson is clearly a master at musical arrangement and rhythm, as each "Tonight" track flows smoothly into the next, leaving the impression of a single, hour-long piece, rather than 12 distinct songs.

Most notable is "It Must've Been a Dream," a Bob Marley-esque take on the jazz genre. The steady, easy beats and Johnson's steely guitar cut a clean break in an otherwise even set. "Not Lately" is a random, semi-danceable track, although its grooviness is probably more suited to the likes of a 60/40 bar than a hip-hop club or jazz lounge.

Johnson seems to be simply reinventing' or rather, duplicating' the wheel with the debut. "Tonight" is a bit formulaic and a little dusty, but the album certainly deserves attention for its clean, concise arrangement. His talent as a musician is undeniable, but his abilities as an innovator leave much to be desired.

For more information, visit www.jazzdrops.com. "”Emily Hopkins

 
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