John E. Lawrence has released his new CD entitled Summer Nights. John produced, engineered, arranged and played nearly every instrument on his CD in his own studio Super Trax Recording Co. The songs on Summer Nights fall into three jazz styles, Smooth jazz, Latin jazz and Cool Jazz. The CD contains twelve original compositions, plus a moving rendition of Michael Jackson's "Man In The Mirror." John put this CD together with three goals in mind: 1) This project has to display the type of playing excitement generated in his live performances; 2) Most of the songs must be original compositions and display a variety of styles; and 3) Every song has to have a strong melody, (one that stays with the listener) a good solid bass line and outstanding solos. This thirteen-song collection is John's best work to date. John called in some special guest artists to assist on this project. Al Turner plays bass on "Culture Shock" and "Never Go Back." Tony Viviono plays a piano solo on "Culture Shock." Yancyy plays saxophone on "Late At Night", "New Awakenings" and "Man In The Mirror." "Never Go Back" also features Lenny Price on keyboards and Michael Moore on rhythm guitar.
John E. Lawrence, is a master guitarist who possesses style, phenomenal technique and lots of musical expression which comes from the heart. Every note is played with feeling and has meaning. John plays Heritage electric guitars, Takamine acoustic guitars, and uses GHS guitar strings.
One of the songs from the "Summer Nights" CD (Home) has been included in Mel Bay's "Jazz guitar 2000" collectors edition anthology of jazz guitar solos published in late 1999. This collection contains solos submitted by some of the world's finest guitarists.
Summer Nights can be purchased at Discount Records, and Oz's Music in Ann Arbor, Puffer Red Records and Carty's Music in Ypsilanti. You can preview and purchase Summer Nights and other recordings by John at his web site, http://www.johnelawrence.com
He performs every Wednesday and Thursday at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
For more information, please contact: John E. Lawrence at, PO Box 971454 Ypsilanti, MI 48197 or call (734) 482-7993 or E-MAIL him at firstname.lastname@example.org