Richard Leo Johnson: Language (2000)
Instead of gathering his musical heroes and friends in his studio, Johnson sent each of his collaborators his or her own tape of his guitar track and let them improvise as they saw fit, combining the occasionally disparate parts in the mixing board. The result is impressively coherent and cohesive, from tributes like the snaky "Sketches of Miles" and the flamencoed, Allman-ed joy of "Freestone Peach" to cover/original combos of "Cheek to Cheek" and "Dancing Heaven," "Happy Talk," and "Dream a Dream"; as well as the Paul Winter-y double-bassed closer "Ritual Ground."
Track Listing: 1. Hip Hop Zep 2. Sweet Jane Thyme 3. Event Horizon 4. Music Roe 5. Chuck Soup 6. Cheek to Cheek/Dance in Heaven 7. Happy Talk/Dream a Dream 8. Sketches of Miles 9. New West Helena Blues 10. Daddydaughterduo 11. 1-5-90 12. Freestone Peach 13. Ritual Ground
Record Label: Blue Note Records