Background before joining Miles: Played in bands around LA.
How he got the Miles gig:Was spotted playing by Miles’s nephew Vince Wilburn Jr and recommended to Miles. Miles heard an audition tape and invited him to join the band.
Played from: March 1991 – August 1991
Official albums and DVDs featured on: Doo-Bop, Live Around The World, The Complete Miles Davis At Montreux, Miles Davis 1986-1991: The Warner Years, The Last Word, Merci Miles! Live At Vienne.
Tracks worth checking out: “Mystery,” “Chocolate Chip,” “Blow,” “Duke Booty,” “Hannibal” (live), “Time After Time” (live).
Johnson on Miles: “When it’s just you in the room with Miles and Easy Mo Bee and an engineer – just to watch him work was so intense in that setting.”
Comments:: Johnson was a member of Miles’s last band and in fact was the last member of Miles’s working band to work with him in the studio (on the Doo-Bop album). Johnson’s keyboard rig was very basic and the band was stripped down to a sextet giving him lots more space for improvisation.