Marc Johnson: Faith In You


Faith In You


Marc Johnson (bass)


The Sound of Summer Running (Verve 539 299 2)

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Marc Johnson (bass), Pat Metheny (guitar), Bill Frisell (guitar), Joey Baron (drums).

Composed by Marc Johnson


Recorded: New York, 1998


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

This tune really sounds like summer with its joyous melody and light pulsation, punctuated by Baron's splashes on his cymbals. Then comes Metheny's solo, and it's almost impossible not to compare it with the following by Frisell. Metheny has a bright sound, tends to build his phrases in single notes by going from the lower to the higher register, and plays virtuoso licks so that you sometimes wonder if any other human can move his fingers like that on a guitar shaft. Frisell, who has provided a wonderfully diverse chordal and sonic background during his partner's choruses, carries on in his solo. Surprise and variety are his motto. Rhythm and sound shifts, chords then single notes; his palette is broad, and used with exquisite taste and humor (that short Shadows-like passage!). Johnson's groovy, steady bass and Baron's inventive drums lend strong support to these two great stylists, whose performances here are a lesson to all guitar players and a wonder to all listeners.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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