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Trios V.2

by Gordon Johnson

A collection of piano, bass & drum JAZZ TRIOS featuring a variety of pianists and drummers, including pianists; Kenny Werner & Phil Markowitz, drummers; Joe Bonadio & Gordy Knudtson.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Falling Grace
5:36 album only
2. Nocturne
5:51 album only
3. Sweet Sisters
7:55 album only
4. Everybody's Song But My Own
6:10 album only
5. Locomotion
7:53 album only
6. Passage
4:29 album only
7. Really Tight Blasts
7:31 album only
8. Solar
5:01 album only
9. You Don't Know Me
4:34 album only
10. Watching The River Flow
4:52 album only


Album Notes
GORDON JOHNSON "TRIOS V.2" (Jazz piano trio collection)

Gordon Johnson - String Bass on all tracks

Pianists; Phil Aaron, Jimmy Hamilton, Donnie LaMarca, Phil Markowitz & Kenny Werner

Drummers; Joe Bonadio, Jay Epstein, Phil Hey, & Gordy Knudtson

Finally, I've managed to produce a follow-up to my first disc, Trios. This one is a continuation of the same concept with which I had recorded previously; a bunch of pianists and drummers passing through as fate would have it. I was exceedingly fortunate to have these remarkable musicians come over to Matthew Zimmerman's state of the art Wild Sound Studio in Minneapolis and record with me. Our two resident giants, Jimmy Hamilton and Phil Hey, play together on a very mellow version of the Ray Charles hit, You Don't Know Me. Jimmy, who toured with Ray, asked Matthew to push the record button and then broke into this song. Phil & I figured out where he was headed and it turned out to be a real gem. My college buddy Phil Markowitz appears in sizzling rare form with Gordy Knudtson, both sounding just incredible on the three tunes from that date! Phil has musical history with Dave Liebman, Toots Thielemans, the Mel Lewis Orchestra and Chet Baker to name just a few. GK & I go way back here in Minneapolis with Manfredo Fest and many other jazz and r&b groups. We toured North America & Down Under with blues guitarist, Roy Buchanan. Gordy is also the developer of the fantastic GK Super-Phones for session drummers. Please visit; www.gk-music.com. What can anyone say about Kenny Werner? He and drummer Jay Epstein send it to the stratosphere with a wonderful rendition of Kenny Wheeler's Everybody's Song But My Own. What a gorgeous composition! Later on we do a "wild" tune based on some familiar chord changes. The title I gave it is an ANAGRAM* for the original. See if you can discover what song the changes are based on before we get to the last few bars, where Kenny finally gives us a little clue. Check out Kenny's wonderful book & cd Effortless Mastery. My road pal Joe Bonadio was passing through town, and I asked him to play drums on a session with 2 pianists; Phil Aaron and Donnie LaMarca. We got great renditions of Falling Grace, Solar and a Phil Aaron original Passage, in memory of his mother. Finally, Donnie, Joe & I give Bob Dylan's, Watching The River Flow, the blues-shuffle treatment. I must give a nod to The Gadd Gang cd for the vibe on this tune. I'm pretty sure their rendition was arranged by Steve Gadd and Richard Tee.

*erratum: In the booklet there is a mistake; "acronym" should be "anagram". page 1 (corrected at this site)



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mark c

Ray would be proud!
...actually 3+5/2. First, the criticism: the title is right on as this is yet another piano trio album. Great piano trio albums are exceedingly rare, and while this is not bad, it is also not great. Truly rare and beautiful is Mr. Johnson's sound - Ray had it, Mr. PC had it, a couple of the baker's dozen listed in the most recent Downbeat poll have it, and Mr. Johnson has it (in spades). If you are a bass player, look no further. If you are not, take my word for it and buy this CD! I only wish that there was more room for its warmth and resonance on the recording (I find myself thinking wistfully of the Mingus/Dolphy duets). I see from Mr. Johnson's website that more trios are in the works, so it seems my fantasy of a duets CD will have to wait...