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As a bass player, Gordon Johnson is a list-maker's dream. There are the world tours with names like Maynard Ferguson, Gene Bertoncini, Roy Buchanan, the Paul Winter Consort, CBS All Stars and Chuck Mangione. There are the recordings as sideman, over 150 at last count, from jazz (Jimmy Hamilton, Maynard Ferguson, etc.) to blues/R&B (Buchanan, Doug Maynard) to bluegrass (Becky Schlegel) to folk (Greg Brown, Arlo Guthrie). Network television appearances run the gamut from the Merv Griffin Show to Soul Train. But more important is the list of adjectives that undeniably apply to Johnson: fluid, inventive, smart, tasteful, complimentary and complete, to name just a few


Article: Interview

Nick Brignola: Between A Rock And The Jazz Place

Read "Nick Brignola: Between A Rock And The Jazz Place" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

This interview was originally published in 1969 in an Albany, New York area arts publication called Transition. It documents a time when saxophonist Nick Brignola was in the process of trying to break out of the confines of bebop and incorporate some of the elements of fusion that was beginning to dominate the jazz market.


Article: Album Review

Chris Lomheim: Timeline

Read "Timeline" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Minnesota pianist Chris Lomheim in 2013 began applying for grants for the funding of a new project when he realized that 2014 would mark the twentieth anniversary of his very first trio CD And You've Been Waiting (IGMOD Records, 1994). As such, the pianist decided to move forward with or without grant funding and put together ...


Trios Version 3.0

Label: Blue Cat Blues Recordings
Released: 2006
Track listing: 1. Mountain Flight (Toninho Horta) - 6:12; 2. The Best Thing for You (Irving Berlin) - 4:32; 3. Nobody Else but Me (Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein) - 7:46; 4. Zingaro (Antonio Carlo Jobim) - 7:10; 5. Samba De Flora (Benny Weinbeck) - 6:42; 6. Orchid (Matthew Fries) - 5:56; 7. Let's Misbehave (Cole Porter) - 4:22; 8. Canzone por Nino Rota (Giacomo Aula) - 8:40; 9. Jubilation (Julian "Junior" Mance) - 3:56; 10. Laughin' Blues (Benny Weinbeck)- 5:46


Article: Album Review

Gordon Johnson: Trios Version 3.0

Read "Trios Version 3.0" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Sono ormai dieci anni che il contrabbassista Gordon Johnson porta avanti il suo personale studio sul trio. Pianisti e batteristi che variano di disco in disco, di brano in brano. E questo Trios Version 3.0 è ancora una volta la dimostrazione di come le personalità dei musicisti facciano la differenza. Per darne la conferma (e forse ...


Trios Version 3.0

Label: Tonalities
Released: 2005
Track listing: Mountain Flight; The Best Thing For You; Nobody Else But Me; Zingaro; Samba De Flora; Orchid; Let's Misbehave; Canzone Por Nino Rota; Jubilation; Laughin' Blues.


Article: Album Review

Gordon Johnson: Trios Version 3.0

Read "Trios Version 3.0" reviewed by Stephen Latessa

On Trios Version 3.0, the third volume in a series of piano trio albums by bassist Gordon Johnson, the leader is joined by an estimable rotating cast of supporting players. The lucky part for listeners is that Johnson, the only mainstay on all ten tracks, is such an arresting, versatile, and fluid presence. Quite simply, the ...


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