Plas Johnson (ts, bs), Bert Kendrix (org), Emil Richards (vib), Jimmy Bond (b), Earl Palmer, Wayne Robinson (d)
Reference: BMCD 3061
Bar code: 8427328030618
02. Scrips N' Scraps
03. The Spirited Gim Bulls
04. Just Friends
05. If You Don´t Want Me
07. Johnson´s Bossa Nova
09. What Would I Do
10. Don´t Be That Way
11. The Madison Avenue Strut
12. Teen Goove
13. Who Is Wendy
15. World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
16. The Mission March
Total time: 50:19 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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