Long awaited follow- up to the iconic, bass heavy CD 'Terminator', Vail returns to the smooth, sophisticated funky R&B instrumentals that put him on the map around the globe from World Tours with Kenny G, Keb' Mo' and Herbie Hancock to showing off on 'The Arsenio Hall Show', to name a few.
This album of original works features Vail's bass playing in many roles; always on the melody and traditional bass lines, Vail adds harmonic chordal parts supporting the pianos and guitars. This coupled with an keen ear toward simplicity results in a unique and engaging sound unlike what you might expect from a 'bass players' CD. Fans of Kenny G, funky instrumentals or smooth jazz will love this music. 'FLOW' will be supported by the Kenny G World Tour, continuing in 2014.
'FLOW' was recorded and mixed in Franklin, Tennessee with great care using real, 'live' musicians and lots of classic analogue gear (like a Neve 8078), this CD aims to recreate the warm, open sounds of the 70's and 80's with the clarity and convenience of the digital realm.
Vail has played bass for a long list of world- renowned artists over a 3 decade career and shows no signs of slowing down in 2014. Recording sessions and songwriting in Nashville take up the time between tours.
Recorded and mixed at Viking Recorders Franklin, TN
All songs written by Vail Johnson for SwedeSong Music ASCAP except Amazing Grace
Basses, Drums and Keys Vail Johnson
Electric Guitar Chris Nix
Additional Keys Hans Z and Michael B. Hicks
Thanks Mike Lattanzi for the use of your incredible studio Lattitude Studio South
Photos by John Murphy Photography Franklin, TN