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Overpass

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Neon Jazz Interview - Veteran New York City-based Award Winning Jazz Bassist & Composer Marc Johnson
1 Freedom Jazz Dance  
2 Nardis  
3 Samurai Fly  
4 Love Theme from Spartacus  
5 Life of Pai  
6 And Strike Each Tuneful String  
7 Yin and Yang  
8 Whorled Whirled World  
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With Overpass, recorded in Brazil in 2018, Marc Johnson makes a decisive and intriguing contribution to ECM's solo bass recordings. It is an album that takes note of that tradition - Johnson has said that Dave Holland's Emerald Tears was among the solo recordings that fired his imagination almost half a century ago - and builds upon it in a personal and imaginative way.

The Nebraska-born bassist first came to broader attention in the late 1970s as a member of Bill Evans's last trio where the tune "Nardis" became effectively a workshop for nightly discoveries about the bass's potential as a lead voice. The Miles Davis tune, long associated with Evans, is revisited here. As Johnson points out, "‘Nardis' is where solo bass explorations all started for me and this performance distills much of the conception and vocabulary I am using throughout this album." Alex North's "Love Theme from Spartacus", another tune that Evans liked to play, is featured, too, in an interpretation and arrangement that honours the form of the composition.

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