“The improv sections of the evening went far into space, and were maxed to their potential by Marcinek and Mill's soaring guitar work, Molitz's mastery of his signature jam-Tronic sound, and the ever present funktifiying low end being held down by Pennal Johnson.”
“Anytime I see Kris Myers in person, his technical abilities are visibly second to none. It was great to see that skill work with the deep bass groove machine of Pennal Johnson, who was new to me. Adding King to the churning rhythm trio was so tight a support section, that on more than one occasion Johnson stepped from shadows to lead the band. Johnson’s bubbly, slap-popping bass solos carried some serious Vic Wooten qualities, and left no question why he was a part of this crew.”
“Leo Nocentelli The Meters Experience City Winery October 31, 2015 Guitarist Leo Nocentelli of The Meters gave a master class in New Orleans soul and funk at City Winery Chicago‘s Halloween evening costume party. The Meters Experience packed extra star power and musical pedigree with Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell as Nocentelli’s right-hand man. Two sets of music featured Meters classics like “Fire on the Bayou” and “People Say.” Nocentelli’s guitar slinked, chopped and shredded along with the deep soul and second line grooves of his rhythm section. Local bassist Pennal Johnson of PJ & Soul anchored the low end on bass. Nocentelli gave ample time to Worrell, praising the keyboardist as the true architect of the Parlaiment-Funkadelic sound. Aged 71, Worrell shed decades while leading the call and response of “Give Up the Funk” and building to a majestic crescendo in “Flashlight.” He coaxed soulful, Gospel-influenced moans from his swirling Hammon”
“Former Ohio Players trumpeter Ron Haynes brought his band The Gamechangers from Chicago for their first-ever gig at Bear Creek. I mean their first time playing in public as a band at all. Very, very impressive funky jazz. Haynes told the crowd that, like most first-time Bear Creekers, he hoped to be back next year. Ron, we hear you on that! Bear Creek next year! http://festgrrl.blogspot.com/2013/11/bear-creek-music-art-festival-once.html?m=1”
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“Set to bring his own funk-rock sound to stages across the US and abroad is bassist, writer and native Chicagoan Pennal Johnson with his band PJ & Soul. Having played with Manley’s Jazz Band, the Chicago All-City Jazz Band, The Legendary Rev. Jessy Dixon, Dr. Charles G. Hayes & The Warriors, The Beautiful Diva of House Music Kim English and most recently the now defunct blues/rock/funk band Lubriphonic, PJ is set to release his first full length album in September 2012 featuring artist great Leo Nocentelli of the Meters on the remake of Mr. Nocentelli’s own song ‘Cissy Strut’….. PJ is playing side by side with Mr. Nocentelli…….Not even John Mayer can say that about his version of "Cissy Strut"!!! Also notable players on PJ’s soon to be released album are Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee, Wavy Dave of Corn Meal, Ron Haynes, formerly of Liquid Soul and toured with Lenny Kravitz and Sean Chambers, who toured with B.B. King and Hubert Sumlin. PJ & Soul’s concept is simply”
“New Yorker Magazine : Night Life — July 31 Lubriphonic was created by the guitarist Giles Corey and the drummer Rick King, who recruited some of Chicago’s best sidemen—guys who had played with the likes of Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, and Koko Taylor. The group features a crackling horn section and a tremendously fluid five-string-bass player (Pennal Johnson), and Corey, who’s also the vocalist and the main songwriter, drives the engine with both funky rhythm playing and blazing leads. Read more here: http://www.newyorker.com/arts/events/nightlife/2010/08/02/100802goni_GOAT_nightlife#ixzz0uqY9tVCJ BROOKLYN BOWL 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg (718-963-3369):”
“Whenever I think I'm on top of my game, I listen to what this guy I know PJ can do. OGM, fastest cleanest funk song I've heard in a while. Check out Rhino Played on the same lineup with this dude at the Double Door, he's the nicest guy in the world and an amazing player to boot. I met PJ by playing on the same bill as well quite a while ago. Before this band actually. I couldn't agree more with you. He's one of those people that is a shining example of what it should mean to be a "good person." He also just happens to be an amazing bass player as well. ”
“The other majorly impressive member of the band for me on this night was the bass player, Pennal Johnson. This guy was all up in my earhole with the bass, all night. His style & tone were both fantastically dense and he was mixed particularly heavily to boot. But the best part was that every once in a while he'd drop into a slappa da bass breakdown that would slappa da shit eating grin on my face. I'm a sucker for sick bass lines & rowdy slap style, so I think this guy just became one of my new favorite players.”
"61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg (718-963-3369)—July 31: Lubriphonic was created by the guitarist Giles Corey and the drummer Rick King, who recruited some of Chicago’s best sidemen—guys who had played with the likes of Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, and Koko Taylor. The group features a crackling horn section and a tremendously fluid five-string-bass player (Pennal Johnson), and Corey, who’s also the vocalist and the main songwriter, drives the engine with both funky rhythm playing and blazing leads."
"Returning to the music room I was greeted with this funky bass line as Pennal Johnson began to solo. Johnson is a prophet on the bass and carries a heavy jazz approach to the way he plays."