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John Scofield - Überjam
John Scofield
Überjam
2LP | 2015 | KR | Original (Khiov Music)
57,99 €*
Release:2015 / KR – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In the jazz world, there are artists who are consistent but predictable and artists who are unpredictable but inconsistent. John Scofield, meanwhile, is an impressive example of a jazzman who is both unpredictable and consistent. You never know what the risk-taking guitarist will do from one album to the next, but he rarely provides an album that is flat-out disappointing. Überjam is a major departure from 2000's "Works For Me", the Verve date that preceded it. While "Works For Me" is essentially a straight-ahead post-bop outing and employs acoustic-oriented players, like pianist Brad Mehldau and bassist Christian McBride, "Überjam" is pure, unadulterated fusion. This album always has a jazz mentality -- "Überjam" is as spontaneous, free-spirited, and uninhibited as any bop session that was recorded in Rudy Van Gelder's studio in the '50s -- but on "Überjam", having a jazz mentality doesn't mean excluding elements of funk, rock, and, at times, hip-hop and club music. To those who fancy themselves jazz purists, the phrase 'pure, unadulterated fusion' will sound like an oxymoron; if jazz is fused, how can it be real, authentic jazz? But then, George Duke hit the nail on the head when he asserted that jazz was always fusion; even back in the days of Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver, jazz had a variety of influences. It simply became more fused when Miles Davis recorded "Bitches Brew" and "In A Silent Way" in the late '60s. And speaking of Davis, much of "Überjam" reflects Scofield's years with that restless trumpeter. Like many of Davis' fusion efforts, "Überjam" has no problem being cerebral and funky at the same time. The material tends to be abstract and intellectual, but not at the expense of grit. "Überjam" is yet another excellent album from an improviser who refuses to be predictable.
John Scofield - A Go Go
John Scofield
A Go Go
LP | 2013 | KR | Original (Khiov Music)
43,99 €*
Release:2013 / KR – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
John Scofield owes a great deal to Medeski, Martin & Wood for the success of "A Go Go". The piano/organ, bass, and drum playing trio adds a world of bouncing vibes to Scofield's inquisitive, happy guitar work here. "A Go Go" is an album of mostly breezy, sometimes tense, jam-based grooves. The album's charm is in its 'city meets the tropics' feel. The four players create such a warm, vibrant sound that resisting the urge to tap one's feet along with the beat becomes a near impossibility. The opening song is a treat of plucked guitars and tightly packed new jazz. Other standouts are "Kubrick", a swooning, gentle change of pace packed with background tension, and "Hottentot", a tour de force of dynamic interplay. There's nary a moment of filler to be found across the ten tracks. It's clear that Scofield enjoyed the collaboration, as his guitars seem to nearly speak joy. His alternately jangling and plucking style sees him weaving in and out of the young trio's sound net with ample confidence. As fun as "A Go Go" is, it's just as well-sequenced, as Scofield and company vary their pace and tone expertly throughout the album's running time. "A Go Go" is far more than four cool cats jamming together and enjoying each other's company. It's an immensely entertaining, enlightening ride.
John Scofield - This Meets That
John Scofield
This Meets That
2LP | 2016 | KR | Original (Khiov Music)
57,99 €*
Release:2016 / KR – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
"This Meets That" finds guitarist John Scofield looking both backward and forward. It's his first recording for the Emarcy label, but for the occasion Scofield resurrected the trio he'd used on several previous albums, most recently 2004's "EnRoute": bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bill Stewart. Never one to rest on his laurels, Scofield has throughout his career applied his virtuosity to several different streams of jazz, ranging from fusion-esque to orchestral to straight bop. "This Meets That" is something of a mixed bag. The opening track, the Scofield-penned "The Low Road", is a swinging funk jam that's one of several tunes on the record to employ a four-piece horn section. It's a smoker of a track, with Scofield often teasing with distortion but never straying so far away that it might be called unmelodic. In addition to the Scofield originals, three left-field cover songs demonstrate Scofield's ability to apply his technique and imaginative thinking to just about anything he chooses. Perhaps one shouldn't be surprised that a musician always looking to expand his reach would try his hand at squeezing a classic country hit into a jazz framework, but that's what Scofield does on the old Charlie Rich ballad "Behind Closed Doors". It's a sweet, bluesy take and Scofield maintains a pure, clear, non-ironic tone as he explores the song's nuances. The album-closing "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", from the Rolling Stones' songbook, is treated much the way Otis Redding once did, as a forceful soul stomper (albeit with brilliant soloing), and "House of the Rising Sun", a traditional blues recorded by dozens of diverse artists, but perhaps best known from the Animals' 1964 hit, veers far from its familiar melody as Scofield plays tag with guest guitarist Bill Frisell and Stewart and Swallow race around each other and the two stringsmen. "Heck of a Job", its title an obvious reference to President Bush's much-ridiculed "heck of a job, Brownie" statement in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, does use as its foundation a rhythmic base that could have come from New Orleans' Meters, while "Strangeness in the Night" isn't that strange at all, with its stop-and-go rhythm and punchy interplay. "Pretty Out", however, is pretty out there, not quite anarchic but open-ended and frisky. "This Meets That", as its title implies, is less of a thematic album than some of Scofield's more recent endeavors, but it's one that reminds listeners that both his chops and sense of adventure are not only intact but still growing.
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