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Bass Players To Know: Jimmy Johnson
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Jimmy Johnson

Keeping good company is a common theme of Ryan Madora’s “Bass Players To Know” column. Her latest BPTK - Jimmy Johnson - does just that. Check out what Ryan has to say (including some of her favorite tracks) and add your own to the list.

Jimmy Johnson Featured on New Steve Gadd Band Album
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Jimmy Johnson Featured on New Steve Gadd Band Album

Drummer Steve Gadd has rounded up his band once again for a new album. The new self-titled Steve Gadd Band recording brings together a cast of killer musicians to lock in on the groove-oriented tracks. “All the guys in the band are good friends of mine, people I like being around—not just musically but in general,” he says. “It’s great...

Bass Transcription: Jimmy Johnson’s Bass Line on Alan Holdsworth’s “Tokyo Dream”
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Bass Transcription: Jimmy Johnson’s Bass Line on Alan Holdsworth’s “Tokyo Dream”

I was sad to learn of the news of Allan Holdsworth’s passing. He left a great legacy to all guitarists and musicians in general, and his playing in the 70’s had a great impact on guitarists such as Frank Gambale, Bill Connors, Scott Henderson and even Eddie Van Halen. His way of playing the guitar was revolutionary, his legato style,...

Bass Transcription: Jimmy Johnson’s Bass Line on Allan Holdsworth’s “Spokes”
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Bass Transcription: Jimmy Johnson’s Bass Line on Allan Holdsworth’s “Spokes”

Today I’ll pay tribute to one of my bass heroes: Jimmy Johnson. His versatility always amazes me. He plays smooth jazz with his band Flim & the BB’s, he holds down the groove with James Taylor, and he always keeps the group together under complex harmonies with Allan Holdsworth. Johnson has a unique voice on the instrument, with very melodic...

Drummer Donati’s Latest Taps Pair of Bassists
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Drummer Donati’s Latest Taps Pair of Bassists

Drummer Virgil Donati’s The Dawn of Time features not one, but two bassists. The recording, which is orchestral, yet drum-centered, includes the work of bassists Jimmy Johnson and Hadrien Feraud. “The bass and drums are the impetus behind this music, with the orchestra arousing emotions, taking the listener on a transcendent journey,” according to Donati’s website. The Dawn of Time...

Roger Waters Reissue Arrives; Concert Film Due in Theaters in September
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Roger Waters Reissue Arrives; Concert Film Due in Theaters in September

Although Roger Waters released Amused to Death in 1992, its look at an entertainment-obsessed society still rings true, which helps make the remastered version of the album even more powerful. The record, featuring a slew of bassists (Waters, John Patitucci, Guo Yi, Tim Pierce, John Pierce, Randy Jackson, and Jimmy Johnson) has been given a new 5.1 surround sound remix...

Dave Weckl and Jay Oliver: Higher Ground
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Dave Weckl and Jay Oliver: Higher Ground

Drummer Dave Weckl and keyboardist Jay Oliver released Convergence this year. Among the tracks on the album was a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground”. It cooks. This one has it all… bassist Jimmy Johnson laying down a great line, horns, two drummers and a great vocalist. Here’s the complete line up: Lead Vocal: Chrissi Poland Drums: Dave Weckl and...

Stanley Clarke, Stu Hamm, Bunny Brunel, Billy Sheehan, Flea, Alex Al, Brian Bromberg, Jimmy Johnson, Wayman Tisdale and Marcus Miller: “School Days” Live
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Stanley Clarke, Stu Hamm, Bunny Brunel, Billy Sheehan, Flea, Alex Al, Brian Bromberg, Jimmy Johnson, Wayman Tisdale and Marcus Miller: “School Days” Live

Stanley Clarke’s 2002 concert performance at Musicians Institute in Hollywood closed with a bang, with a stage full of bassists performing Clarke’s “School Days” for the audience. Clarke is joined by Stu Hamm, Bunny Brunel, Billy Sheehan, Flea, Alex Al, Brian Bromberg, Jimmy Johnson, Wayman Tisdale and Marcus Miller, and most take a solo. The entire concert was released as...