Review - The Sound of Summer Running

Artist: Marc Johnson

Jazz-guitar aficionados probably rejoiced when hearing about bassist Marc Johnson's "The Sound of Summer Running," a project featuring the guitar tandem of Bill Frisell and Pat Metheny and the interactive drumming of Joey Baron. Listen with open ears and one will hear a remarkably simpatico pairing, somewhat reminiscent of Johnson's Bass Desires group (with Frisell and John Scofield), early Metheny albums and the 1994 Scofield-Metheny album, "I Can See Your House From Here."

Call it Americana for the jazz crowd: The Midwestern-bred string players and the Virginia-born Baron share a sonic space marked by languid rhythms, flickering electric-acoustic guitar harmonies, wide-open spaces, liquid improvisations and gorgeous melodies carried like hearts on sleeves. Sadly enough, smooth-jazz programmers may overlook this uncompromising, artful music because of the lack of a mechanical thumpa-thumpa beat. It is an accomplished effort nonetheless.

Scroll to read more Music Stories + Interviews articles
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.

Newsletters

Join Orlando Weekly Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.