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Jef Lee Johnson: The Singularity

Jimi Hendrix’s influence on all rock past and present is universal truth; his impact on three generations of black electric guitarists is not talked about enough. Eddie Hazel-Pete Cosey-Sonny Sharrock-Vernon Reid-Ronnie Drayton-James Blood Ulmer-J.P. Bourelly-Jef Lee Johnson-David Fiuczynski: six degrees of spirit-cosmic separation.

The Singularity is the master’s Band Of Gypsys/Rainbow Bridge psychedelic blues-rock ‘n’ funk-rolling end phase scrambled/freaked/boho-ed (live/studio) into something one step-ahead, waiting-for-y’all-to-catch-up. Transcendental moment: Johnson’s snarly metal feedback convulsions throughout “Jungle.”

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