Marc Johnson: Shades of Jade (2005)
Shades of Jade proves to be somewhat of a departure. Johnson has included many aspects of his personality, going for a multifaceted recital that speaks in many grooves and offers an ensemble chemistry second to none. Both saxophonist Joe Lovano and guitarist John Scofield have worked together under the latter's leadership, while Scofield was also in integral part of Johnson's brilliant, if short-lived, group Bass Desires. Drummer Joey Baron's history with Johnson includes playing an important role on Sound of Summer Running.
Not your typical ECM album, Shades of Jade balances beautiful moments of retrospection, as in the case of pianist Eliane Elias' "Aparaceu, with more intense numbers. Based on Wayne Shorter's iconic line, "Blue Nefertiti is buoyed by Barron's explosive punctuations and "Raise dishes up a gospel mood in waltz time with Lovano in peak form. Equally worthwhile are "All Yours and "Don't Ask of Me, features for Johnson's own honeyed tones.
Track Listing: Ton Sur Ton; Apareceu; Shades of Jade; In 30 Hours; Blue Nefertiti; Snow, Since You Asked; Raise; All Yours; Don't Ask of Me.
Personnel: Joe Lovano: saxophone; John Scofield: guitar; Eliane Elias: piano; Marc Johnson: bass; Joey Baron: drums; Alain Mallet: organ.
Record Label: ECM Records