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  • Bass Players To Know: Alphonso Johnson

    Bass Players To Know: Alphonso Johnson

    As a Philadelphia native, there’s a lot to live up to as a bass player. Stanley Clarke, Christian McBride, Jaco Pastorius, Gerald Veasley, Gail Ann Dorsey, Victor Bailey, and our latest bass player to know, Alphonso Johnson, all hail from the City Of Brotherly Love. Heck, you may even say that bass playing is “in... »

  • Carlos Santana/Wayne Shorter Group: Deeper Dig Deeper (Live, 1988)

    Carlos Santana/Wayne Shorter Group: Deeper Dig Deeper (Live, 1988)

    Here’s a great old clip of the Carlos Santana/Wayne Shorter Group performing the Santana tune “Deeper, Dig Deeper” at Pori Jazz in 1988. Laying down the groove is the one and only Alphonso Johnson. Such great footage. »

  • Weather Report with Alphonso Johnson: Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz and Mysterious Traveller (Live, 1975)

    Weather Report with Alphonso Johnson: Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz and Mysterious Traveller (Live, 1975)

    One of the major highlights for me at the 2015 NAMM Show was finally getting the chance to meet the great Alphonso Johnson. Alphonso deserves way more credit than I think he gets – in my opinion and many others. Going back through the wealth of music he’s been a part of just offers up... »

  • Cobham Duke Band: “Juicy” Live with Alphonso Johnson

    Cobham Duke Band: “Juicy” Live with Alphonso Johnson

    Juan Alderete shared this on his Facebook page a while back, saying only “this leaves me speechless.” I feel about the same way. Filmed in Montreux in 1976, this clip captures the kind of energy you just don’t see in every band. Alphonso Johnson holds down the low end with tight yet lyrical playing before... »

  • Columbia Releases “Weather Report: The Complete Columbia Albums 1971-1975”

    Columbia Releases “Weather Report: The Complete Columbia Albums 1971-1975”

    Columbia Records “Complete” box set series rolls on this summer with the introduction of another Weather Report-focused release. Weather Report: The Complete Columbia Albums 1971-1975 kicks off with the legendary group’s original line up, anchored by bassist Miroslav Vitous, and ends up the group’s second incarnation, with bassist Alphonso Johnson. The set packages together remastered... »

  • Columbia Releases Weather Report: The Columbia Albums 1976-1982

    Columbia Releases Weather Report: The Columbia Albums 1976-1982

    In 1976, a relatively unknown bassist by the name of Jaco Pastorius joined Weather Report as a full-time member – an event that brought unprecedented commercial success to the six year old band. Jaco’s impact wasn’t limited to Weather Report either. It was during this same year his solo album debuted – an album which... »

  • Billy Cobham / George Duke Band: “Red Baron”, Live with Alphonso Johnson

    Billy Cobham / George Duke Band: “Red Baron”, Live with Alphonso Johnson

    Recorded live in July 1976 in Montreux, Switzerland, here’s the Cobham/Duke Band performing the groove-tastic “Red Baron”. The band includes Alphonso Johnson on bass, John Scofield on guitar, Duke on keys and Cobham on drums. »

  • Jazz For Japan Benefit Album Features Top Name Bassists

    Jazz For Japan Benefit Album Features Top Name Bassists

    A new album, entitled Jazz for Japan, has been released on iTunes, with proceeds going to the International Red Cross in Japan in an effort to benefit Japan’s earthquake and tsunami victims. The project, which was recorded in merely two days last week, features a who’s who of the jazz community, especially jazz bassists. Low-end... »

  • Weather Report Celebrates 40 Years with “Live in Berlin 1975”

    Weather Report Celebrates 40 Years with “Live in Berlin 1975”

    This year marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of Weather Report, by Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter. To help celebrate, the Zawinul estate is releasing Weather Report: Live in Berlin 1975, a comprehensive box set featuring the group’s performance at 1975 Jazzstage Berlin. The CD/DVD set features Weather Report’s 1975 line-up, with Alphonso Johnson... »

  • Bobby & the Midnites: Bahama Mama, featuring Alphonso Johnson

    Bobby & the Midnites: Bahama Mama, featuring Alphonso Johnson

    Bobby & the Midnites was a side project for Grateful Dead guitarist/singer Bob Weir, with one album release in 1981. Here’s the band in a live performance of “Bahama Mama”, featuring Alphonso Johnson on bass, with Bobby Cochran on guitar, Billy Cobham on drums and Dave Garland on keys and sax. »