Plas Johnson (ts, bs), Bert Kendrix (org), Emil Richards (vib), Jimmy Bond (b), Earl Palmer, Wayne Robinson (d)
Reference: BMCD 3060
Bar code: 8427328030601
01. Lonely Feeling (Johnson) 2:54
02. Once Upon A Blues (Neel) 3:13
03. 'Round Midnight (Monk-Hanighen-Williams) 3:38
04. Blue Martini (Neel) 4:41
05. Stardust (Carmichael-Parish) 3:00
06. She´s Gone Away (Johnson) 2:35
07. Only The Blues (Neel) 3:46
08. Flamingo (Grouya-Anderson) 2:28
09. Sax 5th Avenue (Harris) 2:22
10. Bury Me Blue (Neel) 3:04
11. By Candelight (Walls) 3:13
12. Close Your Eyes (Petkere) 2:28
13. Midnight Blues (Neel) 3:42
14. Summit Ridge Drive (Shaw) 3:30
15. I Understand (Gannon-Wayne) 2:40
16. May Cees Blues (Johnson) 2:18
Total time: 50:16 min.
This CD combines recordings from two Charter albums released in 1962 and 1963 under the artistic pseudonym of Johnny Beecher
"Johnny Beecher - Sax 5th. Ave." (Charter CLS 102)
"Johnny Beecher - On the Scene" (Charter CLS 104)
Plas Johnson (tenor & baritone sax), Bert Kendrix (organ), Emil Richards (vibes), Jimmy Bond (bass), Earl Palmer or Wayne Robinson (drums).
Recorded in Hollywood, California, 1962
Recording engineers: Jim Malloy, Dave Wiechman & Jerry Hochman
Original sessions produced by Dick Peirce
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
"An obscure session from Plas Johnson - recording here away from Capitol, under another name, quite possibly for contractual reasons! The album's got the gentle groove of Plas' best records of the time - deep deep tenor sax solos, recorded in a moody, echoey, late nite setting - all augmented by small combo instrumentation that includes vibes by Emil Richards, bass by Jimmy Bond, and organ by Bert Kendrix."
Rick Wojcik -Dusty Groove
-On the Scene
"First order of business: there is no "Johnny Beecher." On the Scene is in fact the handiwork of Plas Johnson, working under a pseudonym to avoid outstanding contractual obligations with Capitol Records. Regardless of the name above the title, this is a wonderfully evocative set of midnight-blue instrumentals shrouded in cigarette smoke and illuminated by the light of flickering neon sign. Backed by uncredited vibes and organ, Johnson/Beecher's tenor sax articulates an uncommonly acute sense of melancholy and isolation, rendering track titles like "Sorrows" and "She's Gone Away" all but superfluous."
Jason Ankeny -All Music Guide
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