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John Patitucci: Now

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Bassist John Patitucci ascended to deserved prominence as a significant catalyst in Chick Corea's Elektrik/Akoustic bands (1986-93). But despite consistently excellent work elsewhere since then, Patitucci's solo career (which began with his eponymous 1987 debut on GRP) has not yet produced much that's memorable - until Now. Here, the bassist shares a perfect telepathy with his rhythm section, featuring drummer Bill Stewart and the instantly identifiable and dominant presence of guitarist John Scofield. Chris Potter and the surprisingly understated Mike Brecker, both featured on Patitucci's previous One More Angel, alternate on seven of the disc's ten tunes. Now stands apart on the Scofield-Patitucci matrix. But the bassist's program, a result of Patitucci's reflections on Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane ("Giant Steps" and McCoy Tyner's "Search for Peace" are the only non-originals) is stronger than usual too. Patitucci is still not as memorable a comp! oser as he is a player. Here, however, his compositions offer the spunky flair Scofield usually brings to his own catchy tunes (especially "Now," "Out of the Mouth of Babes" and "Forgotten But Not Gone"). And interestingly, the bassist picks up his electric axe for the discs's quietest tunes: the bass-drum duo of "Giant Steps" and the solo "Miya."

Songs:Now; Grace; Out of the Mouth of Babes; Hope; Labor Day; Espresso; Forgotten But Not Gone; Search For Peace; Giant Steps; Miya.

Players: John Patitucci: acoustic and electric bass; Chirs Potter, Michael Brecker: tenor saxophone; John Scofield: guitar; Bill Stewart: drums.

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