LINER NOTES...

Every so often a CD is released that makes you feel privileged to have found it and added it to your collection. This is one of those CD's. The group Three For All consists of Allyn Johnson on piano, Mykle Lyons on bass and Lenny Robinson on drums. One nice thing about this group is that they are a working band that plays together on a regular basis. You can hear it in the cohesiveness of their improvisations. They seem to know what their bandmates are going to play before they play it. This only happens when musicians have played together for awhile and start to get a certain symbiosis which some may inadvertently call ESP.

Another nice thing about this band is the scope and sophistication of the compositions. This is what sets this CD apart from most others. The compositional talents of Allyn are quite impressive. There is Sacred Waltz, which Allyn describes as a tune having a hymn-like quality while incorporating very modern harmonic progressions. After listening to it, the word beautiful comes to mind. The title piece Premonition was written to represent the fine line between dreams and reality. Whether you are awake or asleep, this tune is both funky and swingin'. You will find that the concept of funky and swingin' is very evident throughout this recording. David and Goliath is another Allyn Johnson original that depicts the constant battle between good and evil. In the end, good always prevails. Goodbye Kenny was written in memory of the late pianist Kenny Kirkland. Kenny was a friend and inspiration to all of the band and this piece gives reverence to his spirit. For those of you who did not take Ebonics 101, Chillin' At Da Crib means relaxing at home and the hope is that this piece will invite you to do just that. Sit back in your favorite chair, put your feet up and just chill (relax). Cat's Dance features the melodious baritone voice and words of Steve Bryant as he tells how he was affected by a bass-playing cat. There is just a hint of the Washington D.C. indigenous music go-go on this piece. Kinda funky, huh? Mykle's tune O. S. is a high energy piece that let's everyone shine. According to Mykle, O.S. came to him in a dream he had of his hometown Ocean Springs, Miss. The dream had a lot to do with his relationship to God (our savior). Thus, the dual meaning of O.S. There Will Never Be Another You is a standard that has been done any number of times. In fact, that's what makes it a standard. The band gives it a rhythmic twist that makes a smile come to your face when you hear it. Freight Train is a blues that features Mykle and just plain swings.

This CD just begs to be played over and over again. It's funky. It's groovin'. And most of all, it's swingin'. Enjoy! Thanks: We would first like to thank our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving us the gift of music and allowing us to realize the gift. Many thanks to our families the Johnson-Chambers family, the Lyons family and the Robinson family for their endless support . We would also like to thank our extended family at the Market Street Bar and Grill. Thanks go out to Calvin Jones, Judith Cory, Ellis Marsalis, Clarence Seay, Janice, Chris, Nemia, Tain, Jamal Brown, the UDC Music Dept., Parker Memorial Baptist Church, the Redemption Ministry Family, the Cuffy Family, Tom, Paul, Mac and everyone at Apertures, Paul Story, Damon Fischer, the Twins, Catherine Stuart, Ralph Camilli and the Washington, D.C. jazz community.



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