MUSIC FOR YOUR EARS | REVIEW Migration By George A., Johnson Jr. Feat. The Young Masters

George A. Johnson Jr., the multifaceted maestro behind the absorbing
composition Migration, orchestrates a symphony of talent akin to a seasoned conductor
guiding his ensemble through a musical journey. With a legacy steeped in the rich
traditions of jazz, Johnson’s prowess as both a composer and conductor shines through
in every note, evoking a sense of reverence for the genre’s masters who have influenced
his craft.
Having been mentored by luminaries such as Elvin Jones and Art Blakey,
Johnson’s musical lineage runs deep, imbuing his work with a sense of tradition while
also pushing the boundaries of innovation. His collaborations with esteemed musicians
like Abdullah Ibrahim bear witness to his status as a jazz grand master, a title bestowed
upon him by peers who recognise his unparalleled contribution to the genre.
The League of Extraordinary Musicians, Johnson’s magnum work, serves as a
tribute to his artistry, offering listeners a transcendent experience that transcends the
confines of conventional jazz. Within this masterpiece lies Migration, showing
Johnson’s ability to weave intricate melodies and rhythms into a tapestry of sound that
fascinates the senses.
In this work of art, Johnson assembles a cadre of virtuosic instrumentalists, each
contributing their unique flair to the composition. From the pulsating rhythms of the
drums to the soulful melodies of the saxophone and trumpet, every instrument finds its
voice within the group, creating a harmonious blend that is as delightful as it is
What sets Migration apart is its ability to transport listeners on a sonic odyssey,
traversing landscapes of emotion and imagination. Without the confines of vocals, the
music speaks volumes, enveloping the listener in a cocoon of sound that transcends
language and culture.
At its core, Migration is an exploration of rhythm and melody, a demonstration
to the power of music to transcend boundaries and unite souls. With its unconventional
rhythm and compelling instrumentation, the song enchants from the first note to the last,
leaving an indelible impression on the listener’s psyche.
As the music swells and recedes, building to a crescendo of emotion, one cannot
help but be swept away by its beauty and complexity. It is a praise to Johnson’s artistry
and vision, a sonic marvel that defies categorisation and invites listeners on a journey of
All in all, Migration stands as a towering achievement in the realm of jazz
music, evidence of the enduring power of creativity and collaboration. With its
evocative melodies, pulsating rhythms, and masterful instrumentation, it serves as a
beacon of inspiration for aspiring musicians and seasoned veterans alike. George A.

Johnson Jr. and The Young Masters have crafted a musical legacy that will endure the
test of time, leaving an indelible mark on the annals of jazz history.

Review made by Lucy Cicioni | Promoted by Musik & Film, MAF Music Promotion