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    RIP Joel Razor Sharp Johnson

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    RIP Joel ‘Razor Sharp’ Johnson   To submit a story or to just say hello, email us at [email protected] Check out the Live Music News and Review.com Facebook page for updates and announcements. From the video channel of bushtales https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2uhBBD0qa8 One of the original Funkateers, Joel ‘Razor Sharp’ Johnson has rejoined the mothership.  Well known for his amazing keyboard work with Bootsy Collins and the entire P Funk crew, Johnson will be loved and remembered for years to come by the entire funk community. Most recently Johnson has been touring the country with Freekbass, and their recent video has Johnson and Rico Smooth prominently in the performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=YtQasLEamyE&app=desktop I had the pleasure of meeting Johnson a couple of times at Wormtown and Strangecreek and he could not have been nicer.  A religious man, a funk icon, and a genuinely beautiful human being, Johnson may  not be a household name to many, but his work is familiar to millions. Freekbass released this statement this morning, “My heart is broken this morning. The world lost one of the most gentle and talented souls ever to walk this planet. This man taught me so much musically and living life to its fullest. I love you Razor and the heavens and the universe are now singing like never before. ⚡️❤️⚡️ RIP #RazorSharpJohnson Johnson passed today after a short hospital stay.  He had been having cardiac problems and a procedure meant to resolve the issues was not successful. The heavenly P Funk crew is forming quite the band with the loss of P Nut, Bernie Worrell, Catfish Collins and now Johnson over the last few years. Funk it up, sir. From the video channel of JaTheDragAnOfficial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO82U3mKLbw

    Some credits prior to this year’s work with Freekbass:
    YearAlbumArtist
    2011Tha Funk Capital of the WorldBootsy CollinsKeyboards, Composer
    2008To Whom It May ConcernZachary Scot JohnsonHarmonica, Guitar (Bass), Drums
    2007A Covenant ChristmasSax (Alto)
    2007Carolina FunkEngineer
    2005Cold Heat: Heavy Funk Rarities 1968-1974, Vol. 1Engineer
    2004Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi HendrixKeyboards
    2004Starbass InvasionDodgeKeyboards
    1997Keepin’ da FunkBootsy CollinsKeyboards
    1980Sweat BandThe Sweat BandKeyboards, Composer
    1979Say Blow by Blow BackwardsFred Wesley & the Horny HornsKeyboards

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