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Album Review

This date is a surprisingly mellow and melodic affair, particularly when one considers the personnel (bassist Marc Johnson, both Bill Frisell and Pat Metheny on guitars and drummer Joey Baron). Much of the music is comprised of unclassifiable, folkish melodies filled with lyrical guitar solos. Frisell is quite restrained throughout (adding a country feel to many of the songs) and Metheny is less distinctive than usual, alternating between his electric and acoustic guitars, as well as his 42-string pikasso guitar. The quartet performs seven Johnson originals (most memorable is "Union Pacific"), two by Frisell and one from Metheny. The overall results are pleasing and relaxed music that falls a little bit short of being the classic date one might expect; more fire was needed.

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Programmatic brilliance

This album has become the sound of summer for me. Maybe it's the album's name, or the cover art that just gets me in the mood when I turn the music on. One thing is for sure: each piece is aptly named. This is perhaps my favorite conceptual album because of what it does to me. The imagery of the compositions and the way the quartet performs them is so vibrant that I can't help but feel like summer has arrived. Bill Frisell and Pat Metheny, each with their signature tones, complement each other exquisitely. Joey Baron's performance on the drums perfectly capture every mood of summer, like wild children on summer vacation or a tame evening on a porch swing. The album flows incredibly, especially considering it consists of mostly Johnson compositions interjected with Metheny and Frisell originals. Somehow, this lost treasure from 1998 finds itself on my Desert Island list. The four play masterfully on enjoyable pieces that can be enthusiatically listened to from start to finish. This record is going to be playing all summer this year.

Shines like the ocean on a July afternoon

One of the most beloved jazz bassists out there, Johnson has put together a lovely recording with the brilliant combination of Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell on guitars. It shimmers and shines like the sun over the ocean on a hot July afternoon. I love Jazz with a touch of Americana. This stuff is terrific. Also check out Fictionary with Lyle Mays.

The Sound of Summer Running

This little-known album is a sleeper. Also try Marc's "Shades of Jade."


Born: October 21, 1953 in Omaha, NE

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Marc Johnson gained his initial reputation as a member of Bill Evans' last rhythm section and his work with Bass Desires (a group featuring both Bill Frisell and John Scofield on guitars) showed off his versatility. While at North Texas State University, Johnson played with a group that included Lyle Mays. He was with Woody Herman's Orchestra (1977), Bill Evans (1978-1980), Stan Getz (1981-1982), and John Abercrombie (1983) before forming Bass Desires (1985). The latter group recorded two intriguing...
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The Sound of Summer Running, Marc Johnson
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  • $6.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 1997

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