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Pocket Fulla Nasty

by Doug Johns

Extreme Funk Bass. With grooves at least twice as funky as his self-titled, debut release, Pocket Fulla Nasty delivers masterful composition alongside outstanding performances from drummer Chris Ceja and guest artists Oz Noy, Otmaro Ruiz and Kenny Anderso
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. Scrumpt
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2. Manic
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3. Chump Suey
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4. Knutso
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5. Funk Bomb
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6. Uum Continue
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7. Southwest Song
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8. Pocket Fulla Nasty
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10. Chew On a Dog
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Pocket Fulla Nasty

Doug Johns’ Second Solo CD Release

In order to resonate within us, songs must be both percussive and melodic, containing the undeniable, indefinable quality of an inner pulse. With soulful songwriting and his unique ability to emulate other instruments with his bass, Doug Johns’ second solo CD, titled Pocket Fulla Nasty, grooves with a serious inner pulse.

With a resume that includes work with Victor Wooten, Buddy Miles, Steve Smith. Dweezil Zappa, and Grammy-winning producer Aaron Lindsey, Doug Johns has that rare combination of innate talent along with a mature sense for arrangement and technique. It’s no surprise that Pocket Fulla Nasty is, first and foremost, musical.

Co-produced with long-time drummer, Chris Ceja, Pocket Fulla Nasty has no shortage of musical talent. Featuring Mark Leach on Hammond, guitarists Oz Noy and Dana Rasch, Otmaro Ruiz on keys, horn greats Joe Miller, Kenny Anderson and Utah Witherspoon, and the percussive genius of Rafael Guzman, Jr., it’s obvious Doug believes in surrounding himself with great talent.

From full screaming horn lines to stripped-down bass and drums, the diversity of Johns’ second solo release is nothing short of amazing. A combination of daring musicality and stunning technique, Doug Johns’ Pocket Fulla Nasty is a funk-charged expedition through style and composition.

You may recall from my review of Doug's previous self-titled CD that I was really impressed with both his playing and writing. Well, I'm happy to report that "Pocket Fulla Nasty" is exactly what is says and blows the first release out of the water! Doug's also recruited some of my favorite players on here (Oz Noy on guitar and Otmaro Ruiz on Keys for example.... whoo!). Doug's playing is very deep and chocked FULL of groove and pocket. He has a hard plucking technique (almost sounds slapped, but I don't believe it is. More of a hybrid with a heavy finger-style plucking) that really is key to his ability to pull a wealth of tone, overtones and sounds out of his bass that only come with great technique and attention to detail. The tunes are heavy with groove, a bit rocking here and there, a little sweet here and there but, for the most part, nothing but great bass work and a stellar band! The tunes are very cool as well. A very heavy lesson in groove-ology is in store with this one... Highly recommended.

Damian Erskine
Bass Musician

Doug Johns had me at hello. And by the time he hit the "nevah, evah touch it" cover of "Stairway to Heaven," I wondered if the studio rats in Far Corporation had heard it. Johns returns to glory with a new slate of funk on Pocket Fulla Nasty -- an 11-track tour de force that suggests if he's not the best bass player in Cleveland, it's only because Stuart Hamm bought a foreclosed home on the east side somewhere (kidding). The nimble, large-band funk carries on from the opening strains of the horn-fortified "Scrumpt" to the one-two pop of "Chump Suey" and "Knutso." The description "Tower of Power with Victor Wooten on bass" couldn't be more apt. Like I said last year, this guy's an absolute monster at his craft. He speaks softly, but carries a big four-string. Keep an eye on the schedules at the Winchester, Wilbert's and Brothers Lounge. Odds are he'll turn up pretty soon.

From Cool Cleveland Managing Editor Peter Chakerian


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jerry murray

pocket fulla nasty
Just amazing.None better on the bass guitar than DJ.Chris ceja on drums ia also the best.This CD is so nasty funky that you can taste it-Buy it damn it

John Jannuzzi

Doug Johns Pocket Fulla Nasty!!!
The best Bassist I've every known. A good dude too. I use ta see Doug(and record him with a litte cassette player, still got the tapes) when he played with DC and the Continentials back about 15 yrs. ago. "Wait on Time" My Brother. May God Bless You in all You do. John J

Loyd Love

All Basses Loaded!
If you haven't heard this CD, get it now! Doug Johns has got it all covered on this baby. The compositions, his incredible chops, everything about this release is top notch. Guaranteed not to disappoint.

Stephen Cooper

a bassist's bassist
Definitely a buy for any electric bassist. Great hookup of bass and drums!

Kit Dietz

Doug Johns, Pocket Full of Nasty
Finally it's here!!! After listen to Doug John's debut CD, Bass In Your Face, I've been anxiously awaiting his next release. The grooves are so strong and fulfilling on both CDs that the instrumention is just icing on the cake. Doug pulled out all the brushes and every color in the palette as each tune has a unique goove, color and flavor. Pocket full of Nasty is a must have! If you're not familiar with Doug Johns, save yourself the time of reordering and get Bass In Your Face & Pocket Full of Nasty. Guaranteed To Satisfy Your Funk Starved Soul!!!

Mark Polott

Pocket full of nasty
Another excellent project from a great musician who just happens to be The Bass Player.I loved his first CD and this one doesn't disappoint.The writing is top notch and the playing has sent me back to the woodshed.A great combo of melody, tone, and chops, a real enjoyable journey.