from Rochester, NY
bassist John Dillard counts to his influences famous names
such as Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller or Nathan East. He
currently performs with Stephanie Mills, LeJuene
Thompson, Brian Simpson, Matt Marshak, Jeff Kashiwa, The Sax
Pack, Nick Colionne, and Four80East. Now he starts his own
career with the debut album Let's Ride.
While John plays on his album bass and keys, he is supported
by Quantavius Dillard and Richard Jenkins (drums), Lovell
Bradford and Oli Silk (Rhodes), Lin Rountree (trumpet), Buff
Dillard (trombone), Joe Lindsay, Reggie Graves, Matt Marshak
and Marc Antoine (guitars), Marcus Anderson (sax, EWI),
Gabriel Bello (synth), Ard Sherrod Jr. (sax), Paul Whitley
(keys and organ), Chad Lawson (keys) on selected tracks.
Mix deep funk with with spoken words of Quentin Tailey and
heavy slides on bass and you get Funk This - The Intro.
A glooming business card with what could be. Playing funk is
probably the most fun thing to do with a bass guitar. This
wisdom heeded John and presents the funky Let's Ride.
With Gotta Make This Right John Dillard walks on
the path of the late Wayman Tisdale. if you like the ‘70s
sounds of EWF, Cameo or the Gap Band, then you will
appreciate John's fonky direction. Add some smooth jazz with
Marcus Anderson on sax and we have the groovy Cruise
Control. For the broadcasters the album offers a radio
If you want to implement romantic music, one preferably
performs the acoustic guitar. On 26 East are
playing with Reggie Graves and Marc Antoine two masters of
this instrument. Nevertheless some funk is shining through.
Well, with I Need You John can go the extra mile
concerning the romance. That flying has a positive side,
clarifies the hooky Window Seat. Bass and Sax vying
to the abrupt end.
The audience wants new stimuli. With Turbulence
John delivers innovative entertainment. Forward is actually the wrong adjective for the next song. Because Dillard takes many bonds to the past.
Be it the Rhodes piano, played by Silk, or the use of the
bass as a melody carrier.
John Dillard's Let's Ride is solid like a rock. His
album is enriched with a great sweep of musicians, so no
boredom comes up, even if he uses his bass often as a
leader. The professionalism of all is also consistently
Buy the album
Title: Let's Ride
Artist: John Dillard
Genre: General Jazz
Label: JMardi Music
01 Funk This - The Intro [2:03]
02 Let's Ride [3:46]
03 Gotta Make This Right [3:08]
04 Cruise Control [4:51]
05 26 East [5:06]
06 I Need You [3:21]
07 Window Seat [4:34]
08 Turbulent [4:46]
09 Forward [4:23]
10 Cruise Control (Radio Edit) [3:33]