Sketches (Digipack)
  • Max Johnson
    Max Johnson
  • Karl Berger
    Karl Berger
  • Billy Mintz
    Billy Mintz

Max Johnson

Sketches (Digipack)

Fresh Sound 5100 Series

Max Johnson (b), Karl Berger (p, vib), Billy Mintz (d)

Reference: FSRCD 5120

Bar code: 8427328651202

If music really is a form of rapid transportation, then I have found my mode of transport. Suspense brings apprehension before something happens. It’s a fact. The next time you’re in a snappy nightclub, tap your foot to the memories of your day fading out under the blue lights. The fiercest way to walk anywhere is on your toes.

"Here I am," you blurt out, but everyone already knows you, because a bass is a foghorn that guides us out of exhaustion. The days are doing a little number on us all of late. And still the swell, the tone, the center, makes me shake my hips around the room. When did my sneakers start lighting up? Am I rolling over a rubber cliff in my sonic form of transportation?

The vibes make me think of ice cubes clinking on the side of a glass as I carry it to you. I’d like to take this opportunity to mention the colors of my private dance: Teal on Pyrrole Red. I feel lonesome for nothing but one song fading into the next. When the acid kicked in they were singing, "For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow." A circus of sparks could be implied by cymbals and the right notes on a piano. There’s that flash of sound that makes the air warm and electric. Wait, did the song change? Yes! And no! A bass run that skitters around, like a cocky rat on the 2nd Ave F platform. If Bartok wrote taffy jazz, we’d all be rollicking to this. Some kids are playing tag outsid —there’s the vocals right there. Last night I had a dream that I introduced John Cage to John Coltrane. "John," I said, "This is John." But I don’t remember anything they said to each other. Now I’m going to shake my hips out the door and into the night.

—Todd Colby, Brooklyn, New York

01. Why the Moon Is Blue (Karl Berger) 5:10
02. Presently (Karl Berger) 7:51
03. Ginger Blues (Charlie Haden) 7:55
04. Flight (Billy Mintz) 7:12
05. Debt (Max Johnson) 4:28
06. Black Eyed Suzie (Traditional) 7:28
07. Sketches (Max Johnson) 5:12

Album details

Max Johnson (double bass), Karl Berger (piano, vibraphone), Billy Mintz (drums).
Recorded at Tedesco Studios in Paramus, NJ, January 15, 2017

Engineered by Tom Tedesco
Mixed by Max Johnson in the comfort of his own home
Mastered by Jim Clouse at Park West Studios in Brooklyn, NY
Liner Notes by Todd Colby
Artwork by Victoria Salvador

Produced by Max Johnson
Executive Producer: Jordi Pujol

This sound recording © 2022 by Fresh Sound Records
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas, S.L.

Press reviews

“Max Johnson is one of the most prolific and versatile musician/composers in music today.”

—Brad Cohan (New York City Jazz Record)

"One of the more versatile figures… A leader with a strong, woody tone."

—Peter Margasak (The Chicago Reader)


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