Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Lamont Johnson This Must Be Heaven 2004

Lamont Johnson This Must Be Heaven

I was rummaging around the Net looking for photos of Detroit vocalist Belita Woods for a project when I stumbled on a CD by Lamont Johnson called "This Must Be Heaven". Lamont Johnson is a self-taught musician, singer, songwriter, producer, arranger and electric bass instructor who was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He was also a one time member of Brainstorm who recorded the original version of "This Must Be Heaven"

I first came across Lamont Johnson on hearing his memorable bass runs on Brainstorm's early Tabu recordings such as "Lovin' Is Really My Game" which used to send us all scurrying to the dancefloors of the Manchester Ritz and Blackpool Mecca back in the 70's. You can find out about his time with Brainstorm by visiting Lamont's website.

One of my most played jazz-funk albums in the late 70's was Lamont's "Music Of The Sun" on Tabu which contains a version of "This Must Be Heaven" as well as a killer cover of "Hey Girl" where Lamont duets with Renae Williams.

The "This Must be Heaven" CD on Lamon's Allee label contains 18 tracks, some of which are recuts from his first 2 solo albums on Tabu. The original version of "This Must Be Heaven" may have had the cream of West Coast session men such as Lee Ritenour, Ronnie Foster etc but the 2004 version is very good and has some excellent vocals this time around from original Brainstorm members Trenita Womack and Belita Woods plus Pat Lewis and Sharon Jones. Lamont stays close to the original arrangement of the song which has gorgeous dream quality to it.

You can pick up a copy of "This Must Be Heaven" from CD Baby. Drop by Lamont's website for more background on the man.

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