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Marc Johnson’s Dream Teams

Marc Johnson

Marc Johnson has this thing for guitar. One of the preeminent jazz bassists of the past two decades-acclaimed for his intimate, interactive work with the last Bill Evans trio (1978-1980)-Johnson has had an affinity for guitar since his formative years. “When I was a kid, before I knew I was going to become a musician, I listened to the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers and Jimi Hendrix. So I guess the guitar was a presence early on. Even now when I sit down at the piano, my writing tends to lay well on the guitar.”

Johnson championed the guitar with his 1985 ECM release Bass Desires, an all-star quartet which featured Peter Erskine on drums and a two-guitar frontline of Bill Frisell and John Scofield. He repeated that formula in 1987 with Second Sight, which also successfully blended the pop and rock influences of his youth with jazzy improvisations and harmonies. Now 11 years later, following two daring projects with a guitar-bass-percussion unit called Right Brain Patrol, Johnson returns to the two-guitar format with The Sound Of Summer Running.

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