Up Close

Up Close

by Eric Johnson


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By Eric Johnson's standards, the five-year gap between 2005's Bloom and 2010's Up Close is swift. It's the shortest time between albums since Ah Via Musicom followed Tones by a mere four years and although Up Close could hardly be called spontaneous, it does have a looseness that's often absent in Johnson's work, perhaps because it trades so heavily on the guitarist's Texas roots, a point he underscores by having songs called "Texas" and "Austin." Naturally, this means there's a bunch of blues on Up Close, which finds room for cameos by Steve Miller, Jimmie Vaughan, Jonny Lang, and Sonny Landreth, but even these moments don't bear much grit because dirt is not part of Johnson's repertoire. He prefers clean and sculpted, an aesthetic that runs from his tone to his rhythms. He remains indebted to the fusion etched out by Jeff Beck on Blow by Blow but he no longer is taking it to the extremes, as when he divided Bloom into movements. Up Close is merely Eric Johnson served straight-up: it is not far removed from the feel of Ah Via Musicom, lacking only the major melodies that sucked in crossover listeners, but Johnson's journey is not one of innovation, it's of refinement and he continues to find interesting ways to hone his specific craft on Up Close.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/2010
Label: Vortexan
UPC: 0828527777324
catalogNumber: 77773
Rank: 169734

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Performance Credits

Eric Johnson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals,6-string bass,Lap Steel Guitar,Coral Sitar,Hammond B3
Sonny Landreth   Guitar
Roscoe Beck   Bass
Brad Evilsizer   Percussion
James Fenner   Percussion
Chris Maresh   Bass
Steve Miller   Vocals
Malford Milligan   Vocals
Tommy Taylor   Percussion,Drums
Jimmie Vaughan   Guitar
Red Young   Hammond B3
Kyle Brock   Bass
Steven Hennig   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Jonny Lang   Vocals
Oliver Rajamani   Sitar,Tabla,Vocals,Sarod
Jason Eskridge   Background Vocals
Tom Burritt   Percussion
Kevin Hall   Drums
Frosty Smith   Drums

Technical Credits

Michael Bloomfield   Composer
Eric Johnson   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Buddy Miles   Composer
Roscoe Beck   Arranger
Jim Gaines   Producer
Richard Mullen   Arranger,Engineer
Tommy Taylor   Arranger
Kelly Donnelly   Engineer

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