Alphonso Johnson

 

A master of the 4 and 5 string fretted, fretless, and upright basses, and Chapman Stick, Alphonso Johnson exudes “rhythm & jazz.” From his solo cannon to his groundbreaking work with Weather Report and beyond –Alphonso creates incredible grooves. His phrasing, motifs tone and flawless utilization of bass effects are awe-inspiring.

Here are my favorite Alphonso tracks from memory include: “Cucumber Slumber” from Weather Report’s Mysterious Traveler (1974). “Man in the Green Shirt” from Weather Report’s Tale Spinnin’ (1975). “Hip Pockets” from Billy Cobham – George Duke Band Live on Tour in Europe (1976). Title track from Flora Purim’s Open Your Eyes You Can Fly (1976). “Stump” from Alphonso’s Moonshadows (1977). ”Children Are the Spirit” from Dee Dee Bridgewater’s Just Family (1978). “Book of Rules” from Bob Weir’s Bobby & the Midnights (1981). “I Missed Again” from Phil Collins’ Face Value (1981). “Brotherhood” from Santana’s Beyond Appearances (1985). “Fountain of Salmacis” from Steve Hackett’s Genesis Revisited (1997). “Row Jimmy” from Jazz Is Dead’s Laughing Water (1999 ). “Waters of March” from Sergio Mendes’ Encanto (2008).