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Bass Desires

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Bass Desires
Studio album by
Released1986 (1986)
RecordedMay 1985
StudioPower Station, New York City
ECM 1299
ProducerManfred Eicher
Marc Johnson chronology
Bass Desires
Second Sight

Bass Desires is the debut album by jazz acoustic bassist Marc Johnson, recorded in May 1985 and released on ECM the following year.[1][2] The quartet—featuring guitarists Bill Frisell and John Scofield, and former Weather Report drummer Peter Erskine—would record Johnson's 1987 follow-up as “Marc Johnson's Bass Desires”.


The AllMusic review by Michael G. Nastos states, "The pairing of electric guitarists Bill Frisell and John Scofield had to be one of the most auspicious since John McLaughlin and Carlos Santana. Acoustic bassist Marc Johnson's stroke of genius in bringing the two together on Bass Desires resulted in a sound that demonstrated both compatibility between the guitarists and the distinctiveness of the two when heard in combination... this debut has stood the test of time—it is priceless, timeless, and still far from being dated."[3]

Professional ratings
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Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD[4]

Track listing[edit]

1."Samurai Hee-Haw"Johnson7:44
2."Resolution"John Coltrane10:31
3."Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair"Traditional7:09
4."Bass Desires"Erskine6:12
5."A Wishing Doll"6:16
6."Mojo Highway"Johnson8:44
7."Thanks Again"Scofield7:15



  1. ^ ECM discography Archived 2009-02-07 at the Wayback Machine accessed September 28, 2011
  2. ^ "Marc Johnson – Bass Desires". Discogs. discogs.com. 1986. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b Nastos, M. G. Allmusic Review accessed September 28, 2011
  4. ^ Cook, Richard (1998). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. p. 824. ISBN 9780140513837. Retrieved 7 August 2020.