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John Somebody [Tzadik]
     

John Somebody [Tzadik]

by Scott Johnson
 

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Twenty-plus-years down the road and with the advances in music technology that have taken place in that time, Scott Johnson's John Somebody seems far less revolutionary than it was when it was originally conceived, although it does not sound at all dated. The music derives from two main concepts: the idea of wedding the theory and concepts of Western classical music

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Twenty-plus-years down the road and with the advances in music technology that have taken place in that time, Scott Johnson's John Somebody seems far less revolutionary than it was when it was originally conceived, although it does not sound at all dated. The music derives from two main concepts: the idea of wedding the theory and concepts of Western classical music with the sounds of modern pop music (electric guitars and basses) and the idea of using speech rhythms and patterns as the basis for composition. Johnson took bits of spoken word or the sounds of laughter and crying, then looped and layered these elements to form the starting point for the composition. The pitch and rhythms of the voice are the skeleton around which Johnson builds elaborate orchestrations for electric guitars, basses and sometimes horns. The advent of samplers made creating music like this is simple by comparison. Working in the late '70s and early '80s, Johnson had to create his loops using actual bits of tape and razor blades: an incredibly tedious process. But John Somebody is much more than some cerebral exercise; the music is fun, infectious and darned near danceable (he even likens the piece to a baroque dance suite in the liner notes). Johnson is an excellent guitar player in addition to his arranging skills, and the album is dazzling in both respects. The folks at Tzadik deserve credit not only for retrieving this groundbreaking album from out of print obscurity, but for an excellent remastering job and the addition of another unreleased piece from around the same time period. This is a bizarro classic.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/2004
Label:
Tzadik
UPC:
0702397800927
catalogNumber:
8009
Rank:
185300

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Performance Credits

Scott Johnson   Primary Artist,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar
Lenny Pickett   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Bill Ruyle   Timbales,Triangle,Shaker,Tambala
Scott Johnson   Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Hand Drums
Scott Johnson   Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Tape,electronics,Hand Drums

Technical Credits

Scott Johnson   Composer,Audio Production
Yale Evelev   Producer
Don Hunerberg   Engineer
John Zorn   Executive Producer
Scott Johnson   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Steve Jenkins   Cover Design
Scott Johnson   Producer,Liner Notes,Engineering

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