This second recorded meeting of Johnson's quartet with drummer Peter Erskine and celebrated guitarists Bill Frisell and John Scofield took place in 1987, and it's every bit as inspired as the first. Each member of the group contributes compositions, and they pick up on different qualities inherent in the band. Erskine's slow infusion of the gospel "Sweet Soul" offers Memphis soul notes to Scofield, while Frisell finds a comfortable base for some pedal steel-like country. Scofield's "The Twister" picks up on the rock basics implicit in the instrumentation--he and Frisell are both very electric guitarists here--and adds some harmonic complexity to the groove. Frisell's "1951" gives the listener a good idea of what Thelonious Monk writing quarter-tone country & western would sound like. There's much here that's playful, but there's also emotional power in the brooding force of Johnson's "Crossing the Corpus Callosum" and elegiac beauty in his "Hymn for Her." --Stuart Broomer
ソロ２枚目。構成員がジョンスコ／ビルフリーゼル／ピーターアースキン／マークジョンソンというオールスター的なカルテットなので、かなりスリリング。前作と内容的には同じ方針。ギターの二人がやはり興味深い。なぜなら独自のトーンを持っていてめいっぱい演奏しているのが興味深い。ピーターアースキンもテク全開でウエザー時よりもやや風通しがいい模様。THRILL SEEKERSにおすすめ、SAFETY ZONEな人にはおすすめできませぬ。１０点中８点 １枚目はさらに完成度高し。
Now on to the review of Marc Johnson's Bass Desires "Second Sight" album. This is the second album by this group and I must say that I'm more impressed with it than the first, but it's hard to forget the unforgettable opening song on the first album, "Samurai Hee-Haw." That's a really good song and both Frisell and Scofield really sound great together. The music on this second album ("Second Sight") showcases the two players better I think than the first. They also seem to have a little bit more room to stretch composition wise. My favorite song on this album is "Small Hands" composed by Frisell. It's a very hauntingly beautiful song. It's this side of Bill that I love to hear more than anything.
I can't go on about this music. I just hope that however buys this album, that they have at least more than one Bill Frisell albums.