John Bishop

Nothing If Not Something

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Tom Morgan, Percussive Notes

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This recording is the result of an over ten-year association between drummer John Bishop, bassist Jeff Johnson and saxophonist Rick Mandyck. This piano-less trio, while somewhat reminiscent of Elvin Jones' groups, has developed an original sound and approach. Playing without a harmonic instrument requires a high level of communication and a strong harmonic foundation that is aptly provided by Johnson. His big, rich sound is always secure and complimentary to Mandyck's melodic motion and Bishop's swirling, inspiring drumming.

Whether it be a swing groove, a ballad, funk or free, Bishop plays with authority and great musical sensitivity. His brush playing is particularly tasty. One can hear many influences in his playing, including more than a touch of Elvin, but he is clearly an original voice who deserves higher recognition.








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