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Max Johnson is one of New York City's most sought after bass players. Known mostly for his work in New York's free jazz & bluegrass scenes, he has worked alongside legendary artists Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Henry Grimes, William Parker, Candido Camero and countless others. His musical career has taken him to Germany, Switzerland, England and Canada; to the stages of the Jazz Standard, Le Poisson Rouge, BB King's, the Highline Ballroom and has brought him to perform at the Vision Festival, the Bern Jazz Festival, Quebec City Int'l Summer Fest, Lollapalooza, and the Zappanale festival. Max's musical career began at age 13 when he took up the electric bass, and by age 16 had already toured the United States

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Diskonife, Bruno Räberg, Orientation of We & European Releases

Read "Diskonife, Bruno Räberg,  Orientation of We & European Releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Bassist Bruno Räberg's reputation as a very creative cat is reinforced by his new release, The Prospector, an excellent album with saxophonist Allan Chase and drummer Austin McMahon. Find it on Orbis, Bruno's own label. Speaking of labels, vibraphonist Matt Moran started Diskonife as a new creative outlet for independent releases, which has launched with releases ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chris Pitsiokos / Javier Areal Velez / Kevin Murray: First Blush

Read "First Blush" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Was this gig at New York's Downtown Music Gallery in January, 2020, a one-off performance? Saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos was scheduled to perform solo, probably to promote his extraordinary solo release Speak In Tongues (Relative Pitch, 2019), but chose instead to expand to a trio. And a new trio at that. This wasn't one of his recent ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rez Abbasi: Django-shift

Read "Django-shift" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Django Reinhardt's music is so ubiquitous that it's easy to forget his career was relatively brief. The gypsy guitarist/composer had recorded hundreds of 78s and acetates before he died of a stroke in 1953 at age forty-three. On many early sides, he played a six-string banjo-guitar hybrid tuned in the standard tuning of a guitar. Norman ...

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Max Johnson: In the West; Borderlands Trio: Asteroidea

Read "Max Johnson: In the West; Borderlands Trio: Asteroidea" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Max Johnson In the West Clean Feed Records Un talento multiforme quello del bassista Max Johnson, in grado di spaziare dal rock al bluegrass, dal jazz d'avanguardia alla musica da camera. Tutte queste capacità mimetiche precipitano nel suo album In the West, disco che sembra contenere a fatica l'insieme ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Simon Nabatov, Max Johnson, Michael Sarin: Free Reservoir

Read "Free Reservoir" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Simon Nabatov e Michael Sarin si conoscono ormai da oltre un trentennio, da quando, in Canada, parteciparono entrambi al Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music. All'epoca Max Johnson, che di anni ne ha ventisette, neppure era nei pensieri dei suoi genitori. Eppure oggi i tre si trovano insieme in quest'ottimo album, uno dei migliori ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Yoni Kretzmer: Five

Read "Five" reviewed by John Sharpe

NYC-based Israeli saxophonist Yoni Kretzmer has pulled together a dynamite cast for the debut of his quintet. Kretzmer's thoughtfully arranged compositions engender classic small group free jazz by what comes across as a little big band. It's the sort of session you might have found on the Black Saint label in its heyday, but given a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Thomas Borgmann Trio: One For Cisco

Read "One For Cisco" reviewed by John Sharpe

This limited edition LP documents a collectively birthed exploration spread across the two sides by the visiting German pair of reedman Thomas Borgmann and long time associate drummer Willi Kellers, who team up with NYC bassist Max Johnson. The concert took place as part of the New York Tenor Saxophone Festival at Ibeam in 2015 organized ...

The Prisoner

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: No. 6 Arrival / No. 58 Orange Alert; X04; No. 12 Schitzoid Man (Gemini); No. 24 Hammetr into Anvil; No. 48 Living in Harmony; The New Number 2; No. 2 Once Upon a Time / No. 1 Fallout.

Something Familiar

Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Cindoze; Blips and Bloops; Cold Blooded; Little Arnie; Les Vague; Hammer Song; Something Familiar; Wind Song.


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