Doug Johns, Stank [Sesac]

On his energetic third outing, what continues to impress about Cleveland-based Doug Johns is he’s more intent on placing his bass in rich and varied musical settings among top musicians than he is on showing off his considerable chops.
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On his energetic third outing, what continues to impress about Cleveland-based Doug Johns is he’s more intent on placing his bass in rich and varied musical settings among top musicians than he is on showing off his considerable chops. This time ’round, the effort includes Gotham guitar god Oz Noy driving the bluegrass-tinged “Funk Tree,” L.A. keyboard monster Otmar Ruiz gracing the fretless-sung ballad “Namaste,” and saxophonist Kenny Anderson leading a Tower Of Power-esque horn section through “Bird’s Back Yard” and “Booty Time,” and blowing bop on the dense fuzer “Satchmo.” Meanwhile, Johns’s solo feature, “Reds,” is the perfect sonic contrast.

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