Bass Desires

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Bass Desires
Studio album by
Released1986 (1986) (LP)
RecordedMay 1985
StudioThe Power Station, New York City
Length53:36 (LP)
ProducerManfred Eicher
Marc Johnson chronology
Bass Desires
Second Sight

Bass Desires is a 1985 studio album by jazz bassist Marc Johnson released on the ECM label.[1][2]


The Allmusic review by Michael G. Nastos awarded the album 4½ stars, stating, "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
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Samurai Hee-Haw" (Johnson) - 7:44
  2. "Resolution" (Coltrane) - 10:31
  3. "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair" (Traditional) - 7:09
  4. "Bass Desires" (Erskine) - 6:12
  5. "A Wishing Doll" (Bernstein, David) - 6:16
  6. "Mojo Highway" (Johnson) - 8:44
  7. "Thanks Again" (Scofield) - 7:15



  1. ^ ECM discography Archived 2009-02-07 at the Wayback Machine accessed September 28, 2011
  2. ^ "Marc Johnson – Bass Desires". Discogs. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b Nastos, M. G. Allmusic Review accessed September 28, 2011