The Sound of Summer Running

Rarely is an album title (in this case borrowed from a Ray Bradbury story, The Sound of Summer Running) so apt. With guitarists Bill Frisell and Pat Metheny, and drummer Joey Baron, bassist-composer Johnson has created sounds so gentle, wholesome, even magical, they evoke a country summer childhood. This pastoral sweetness, rare in jazz, is beguiling. But the absence of an edge also allows for a certain monotony to creep in. Maybe that’s part of summer childhood too. B-

The Sound of Summer Running
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