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“I’ve always been after the musical line,” says John Patitucci, referencing the title of his sixth Concord record.

The 46-year-old bassist follows that dictum through the course of a 13-piece, genre-crossing recital filled with flowing, lyrical lines that contain intriguing shapes, intoxicating beats, thrilling counterpoint, and heady improvising. Throughout, he ... Read more in Amazon's John Patitucci Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Jazz
  • ASIN: B00005MKGF
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,729 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Virtuoso bassist John Patitucci is also an inventive composer and arranger and on this highly original and memorable 2001 recording he is joined by a stellar lineup including saxophonists Chris Potter and Joe Lovano and pianist Brad Mehldau. Highly praised for his bass work in the Wayne Shorter Quartet, the Roy Haynes Trio and the Chick Corea Elektric and Akoustic bands, to name just a few, John Patitucci's acoustic and electric bass virtuosity is only matched by his inventiveness as a composer. With 'Communion', his broad, colourful compositional palette includes jazz, Latin and Brazilian elements, and even a string quartet; resulting in a recording that is both wholly original and highly memorable. Personnel: John Patitucci (acoustic & electric basses), Luciana Souza (vocals), Tim Ries (flute, alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet), Chris Potter (soprano & tenor saxophones), Branford Marsalis (soprano saxophone), Joe Lovano (tenor saxophone), Brad Mehldau, Bruce Barth, Ed Simon (piano), Brian Blade, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez (drums), Marc Quinones (congas, percussion), Duduka DaFonseca, Valtinho Anastacio (percussion) & string quartet

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A Major Advance for Stellar Bassist 25 Sept. 2001
By Jan P. Dennis - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Everything seems to have come together for Patitucci on Communion--he's assembled some of the finest jazz musicians on the scene today and they all play marvelously, he's written some beautiful songs across a wide musical spectrum, he employs a tasty palatte of textures and colorations, and there's a joi de vivre about the playing.
Always having something interesting to say as a musician, but hampered by weak spots or not quite the right presentation in his previous recordings, Patitucci has put that all behind and come up with a stunning record. Alternating between acoustic, electric, and piccolo bass, Patitucci proves himself the master of each, precisely evoking the exact right sensibiblity from each instrument.
It strikes me that this record could appeal to a wide specrtum of jazz fans. It's accessible enough for the smooth crowd and rigorous enough for the hardcore acoustic believers. No matter what camp you find yourself in, it's worth checking out.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
"a musicians musician...his jazz flows like a summer rain" 1 Sept. 2001
By J. Lovins - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Spin this CD...sit back...and listen! This has to be the ultimate in this mans career...Latin, Brazilian, classical shades and wonderful, just wonderful JAZZ!
Besides the talent of John...he has gathered a multitude of talent to share in this experience...names like ~ Joe Lovano (tenor sax), Branford Marsalis (soprano sax), Chris Potter (soprano/tenor sax), Tim Ries (flute/clarinet), Brian Blade (drums), Horace "El Negro" Hernandez (drums), Marc Quinones (congas/percussion), Brad Mehldau (piano), Ed Simon (piano)...the list goes on.
As a regular with Chick Corea's Elektric & Akoustic bands, his talent as a bassist came shining through...remember his previous outings with ~ "Heart of the Bass" (1991), "Now" (1998) and "Imprint" (2000)...believe the Concord Record label is doing his work justice.
Several highlights ~ "BARILOCHE", just grabs you..."CALABRIA", Joe Lovano's tenor sax on this piece is simply intoxicating, Patitucci and Ed Simon (piano) sew up the gigs final touches, as well as Brian Blade on drums..."ISABELLA", rhythmic sounds abounding, quite exciting in content and has that certain difference you're immediately drawn into..."COMMUNION", is the masterpiece, theme flows like a John Barry film score from "Chinatown", Branford Marsalis (soprano sax) backed by a string quartet, has all the ingredients to be a "classic"...imagine John will be requested to do this piece at anyone of his concert tours...a note to Concord, would like to see another like this one...very soon!
You might try other John Patitucci releases, all worthy of a good listen ~ "Heart of the Bass" (SCD-9001-2)..."One More Angel" (CCD-4753-2)..."Imprint" (CCD-4881-2)..."Now" (CCD-4806-2)..."The Hudson Project" (SCD-9024-2)...check out my reviews on
Total Time: 54:35 on 10 Tracks ~ Concord Records CCD 4970-2 ~ (2001)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Yes, it's that good 5 Sept. 2004
By Fred McGhee - Published on
Format: Audio CD
A previous reviewer titled his review as a "major advance" for John Patitucci, and I would have to agree. This is a stellar collaboration that is a composing, production, and performance highlight. The title song's grammy nomination was very well deserved, and the other material is a diverse (ahem..."eklektik"..) and challenging, but well within the latin influenced tradition John has established over the years.

The performances are stellar. Branford Marsalis's trademark saxophone playing works well with these compositions, and Branford has an instinctual feel for this material. John's soloing is, as usual, very tasteful and learningly subdued. I also think the percussionists on these sessions did a terrific job, and the piano playing..well, it's terrific.

Ahhh...Professor Patitucci does it again!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great CD 18 Aug. 2001
By Evan Mcgregor - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is one great cd. From the start it reminds me of his work on "Imprint." It's a good cd to sit back and relax to. I personally like the title track the best, but it's hard to choose especially with songs like Choro Luoco, the class of Valentine and the groove of Bohemia after Dark. I recommend this album to anyone that likes his earlier work and just great music.
Classic 4 Dec. 2013
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This is the first album of his where I don't feel like I'm listening to a bassist's solo album. It sounds like an established group that's been together for decades hitting a major creative peak. Every note sounds right on the bass. Trying to find something negative about the album to make this review somewhat balanced, but struggling :-) I guess my only small complaint I could offer was I didn't like the opening tracks introduction - I found the sax repeating the same line over and over got really old really fast. Maybe it should have been played softer and mixed lower (more piano instead, which was doing all the interesting build up). It just stood out too much.
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