Johnette Napolitano

 

 

 

 

“In his diaries, I loved the way Eno described Japanese painters who took all day to prepare, grind ink, and select brushes to be ready for one stroke. So that’s what I did for my first record…” as told to Tom Semioli, Amplifier Magazine (April 2007) upon the release of her solo album Scarred. As the voice, songwriter, and primary bassist for Concrete Blonde, Vowel Movement, and Pretty & Twisted, Johnette Napolitano is that rare artist who, to my ears, melds pop melody with cinematic imagery in her libretto parallel to such iconic writers as Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Lou Reed, and Patti Smith, to cite a few. Her mastery of song is evidenced in her bass playing which simple in execution yet flawless in composition akin to the "one stroke" Ms. Napolitano references.           

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