Doug Johns: Self Titled
Cleveland bassist Doug Johns has done it. He has found the formula to a great sounding bass recording. The combination of funk and fusion mixed with the Hammond B-3 and horns has created a diverse musical adventure. John’s first solo release has raised the bar for musicians to strive for, and has pushed bass playing to a higher plateau.
The disc opens with Pimpasaurus Rex, which features the writing core of Johns, drummer Chris Ceja, and Buddy Miles Hammond B-3 player Mark Leach leading a stellar horn section through an old-school sounding funk free-for-all.
Frog On My Face and HHP continue in the same approach to the compositional attitude until the hauntingly beautiful Indian Summer changes the tone of the disc temporarily. It is a memorable ballad that reminds the listener of a much different place.
Other notable songs on the disc are a Led Zepplin classic, Stairway To Heaven, Gig Shirt, and a duet with bassist Victor Wooten called The Claw.
This disc will continually surprise you with the different directions and textures to the eclectic bassists musical personality. Simply called Doug Johns, this 17-track monster will not disappoint. Outstanding beginning to end! You can catch up with Doug through his website at www.dougjohns.com.