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Second Sight
Marc Johnson
Second Sight
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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This second recorded meeting of Johnson's quartet with drummer Peter Erskine and celebrated guitarists Bill Frisell and John Scofield took place in 1987, and it's every bit as inspired as the first. Each member of the grou...  more »


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All Artists: Marc Johnson
Title: Second Sight
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: ECM Records
Release Date: 9/12/2000
Album Type: Original recording reissued
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 042283303829

This second recorded meeting of Johnson's quartet with drummer Peter Erskine and celebrated guitarists Bill Frisell and John Scofield took place in 1987, and it's every bit as inspired as the first. Each member of the group contributes compositions, and they pick up on different qualities inherent in the band. Erskine's slow infusion of the gospel "Sweet Soul" offers Memphis soul notes to Scofield, while Frisell finds a comfortable base for some pedal steel-like country. Scofield's "The Twister" picks up on the rock basics implicit in the instrumentation--he and Frisell are both very electric guitarists here--and adds some harmonic complexity to the groove. Frisell's "1951" gives the listener a good idea of what Thelonious Monk writing quarter-tone country & western would sound like. There's much here that's playful, but there's also emotional power in the brooding force of Johnson's "Crossing the Corpus Callosum" and elegiac beauty in his "Hymn for Her." --Stuart Broomer

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The 5 Stars Go To Bill Frisell
J. Rich | 01/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love John Scofield's guitar playing don't get me wrong, but the way he arranges his compositions aren't quite up to par with Bill Frisell's. First of all, look at what Bill Frisell has done in the past 20 years, and then look what Scofield has done. There's really no contest. Bill Frisell is one of biggest things to happen to jazz guitar since the Pat Metheny explosion in the late 70s. Like Pat Metheny, he plays unusual music, but what he's playing really works. I can't say the same for Scofield, because it seems he hasn't really pushed himself into anything experimental or exploratory, in fact, Sco hasn't really gone in a new direction at all. Sco has always stayed where he was at, which is okay, but I don't really feel inspired when I hear him play. Scofield is an exceptional player, but when it comes down to it, Bill Frisell and Pat Metheny are so much better at what they do then Scofield is at what he does. A good example of Bill Frisell pushing himself into ackward and new musical situations would be his collaborations and work on John Zorn's Naked City projects. I mean that is some of the most dissonant and absolutely insane jazz music I ever heard. Frisell has also been on more records than Scofield, and probably Metheny as well. If you don't believe me go to Bill Frisell's website and look up all his session work. That HUGE list will give you a little insight at what this virtuoso has been doing.

Now on to the review of Marc Johnson's Bass Desires "Second Sight" album. This is the second album by this group and I must say that I'm more impressed with it than the first, but it's hard to forget the unforgettable opening song on the first album, "Samurai Hee-Haw." That's a really good song and both Frisell and Scofield really sound great together. The music on this second album ("Second Sight") showcases the two players better I think than the first. They also seem to have a little bit more room to stretch composition wise. My favorite song on this album is "Small Hands" composed by Frisell. It's a very hauntingly beautiful song. It's this side of Bill that I love to hear more than anything.

I can't go on about this music. I just hope that however buys this album, that they have at least more than one Bill Frisell albums."
Not as exceptional as expected!
Lovblad | Geneva, Switzerland | 03/09/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Now this was oen huge disappointment. Do not get me wrong. I love Frisell and I completely agree with the other reviewer. It is simply that I was so blown away by the first bass Desires that I expected much much more. Also Bill Frisell has been associated with so many exceptional records that a very good record is simply not enough."
Two for two!
Robin Dymond | 01/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Wonderful inspired work by some of the greats of modern jazz. Joining Marc are Bill Frisell, John Scofield, and Peter Erskine. No horns, no keys, just two master guitarists dueling over thoughtful and energetic compositions. This album is different than many albums of the time period because the compositions are so interesting, Marc's time with Bill Evans coming through? Marc has taken the traditional Rock line up and turned it on its head with the two Bass Desires recordings. If you don't own it you should."