Bass Desires

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Bass Desires
Studio album by Marc Johnson
Released 1985 (1985) (LP)
Recorded May 1985
Studio The Power Station, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 53:36 (LP)
Label ECM
Producer Manfred Eicher
Marc Johnson chronology
Bass Desires
Second Sight
(1987)Second Sight1987

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
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 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 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