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Marc Johnson

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As a virtuoso bassist, versatile composer, and acclaimed bandleader, Marc Johnson has been a major innovator on the jazz scene for the past two decades. Born in Nebraska in 1953, Johnson took up bass at the age of 16, having already studied piano and cello. While completing his formal education in the celebrated music program at the University of North Texas, at age19, Johnson began performing professionally with the Fort Worth Symphony. In 1977, he was on the road with the Woody Herman Band. A stop with Herman in New York City marked a major turning point for Johnson, where he was invited to sit in with Bill Evans at the Village Vanguard

Album

Inner Spirit

Label: Resonance Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Stella By Starlight; Laurie; Theme from MASH; Turn Out The Stars; I Do It For Your Love; My Romance; Letter To Evan; I Loves You, Porgy; Up With The Lark; Minha(All Mine); Someday My Prince Will Come; If You Could See Me Now; Nardis.

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Article: Live Review

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2022

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2022" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Various Venues Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada June 30-July 4, 2022 Like everything else, the Covid-19 pandemic stopped the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in its tracks. Forced to cancel the 2020 festival, they instead presented a four-day virtual festival online on June 27-30. Another abbreviated ...

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Article: Record Label Profile

Jazz World Records: From Hong Kong with Love

Read "Jazz World Records: From Hong Kong with Love" reviewed by Rob Garratt


"I've had plenty of labels in the past--three or four, I can't remember--and I always swore I'd never do it again," begins Clarence Chang as he sits down to lunch. And yet here we are, chewing linguine and discussing the label he just founded, Jazz World Records. “The only true jazz label in ...

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Article: Live Review

Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival

Read "Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY June 25 and 26, 2022 From the opening strains of the Dan Wilson Trio's first song, late Saturday morning at Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, there was a vibe set. The music was bliss. Not just because of its quality (though ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Anat Cohen, Weather Report, Craig Taborn and Much More

Read "Anat Cohen, Weather Report, Craig Taborn and Much More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show includes a wide array of jazz musicians from the present and recent past including Anat Cohen, Donny McCaslin, Weather Report, Henry Threadgill and Roy Haynes. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Sextet of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Aurora Clara, Spandrel, Marc Johnson's Bass Desires and Pat Metheny

Read "Aurora Clara, Spandrel, Marc Johnson's Bass Desires and Pat Metheny" reviewed by Len Davis


Drummer and percussionist Tino di Geraldo, Aurora Clara and Spandrel. Marc Johnson, Pat Metheny, and bass players Tom Kennedy and Teymur Phell. Playlist Aurora Clara “Seis Cafe" from Clear Dawn (Youkali) 00:00 Spandrel “Words Travel Fast and so does Fire" from Spandrel (Self Produced) 08:31 Marc Johnson's Bass Desires"Thrill Seekers" from Second Sight (ECM) ...

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Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


April 23, 2022 marks the fifteenth anniversary of Record Store Day. Over the years, RSD has grown from a small once-a-year experience to multiple events depending on the year. Each RSD drop features limited-edition vinyl releases, which are popular among collectors. More importantly, though, RSD draws attention to independent record stores, many of whom have flourished ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Two Bill Evans Record Store Day Releases

Read "Two Bill Evans Record Store Day Releases" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Morning Glory: The 1973 Concert At The Teatro Gran Rex, Buenos Aires and Inner Spirit: The 1979 Concert at the Teatro General San Martín, Buenos Aires (Resonance Records), never officially released before, were both recorded in Buenos Aires, six years apart. Bill Evans, who many a critic would claim to be the most significant pianist of ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Bill Evans in Buenos Aires: Two From Resonance

Read "Bill Evans in Buenos Aires: Two From Resonance" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Few pianists in jazz have been recorded as copiously as Bill Evans, with a discography that grows seemingly by the year, and with no signs of stopping. At least that's the impression one gets thanks in large part to Resonance Records, which has now released seven Evans albums since 2012's Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of ...


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