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A Go Go

John ScofieldAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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Born in Ohio, 1951, JOHN SCOFIELD is one of the principal innovators of modern jazz guitar, a creative artist of the rarest sort: a stylistic chameleon who has forged a consistent and rock-solid aesthetic identity. Regardless of the stylistic setting, his distinct guitar sound and compositions are unmistakably Scofieldesque, always coupled with an improvisational excellence and dedicated to ... Read more in Amazon's John Scofield Store

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  • Audio CD (April 7, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000069NM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,487 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

John Scofield's stature as a modern jazz master on electric guitar puts him in a sweet spot for this simmering, sexy collaboration with acid jazz pathfinders Medeski, Martin and Wood, Scofield's taut and spicy lines striking sparks against the soulful grooves pitched by drummer Billy Martin, keyboard colorist John Medeski, and bassist Chris Wood. Far from a cheap commercial shot, the leader's plunge into this reheated '60s style is appropriately redolent of its funk heritage and his own astringent command of sharp lyrical and smart harmonic asides. --Sam Sutherland

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't take it out of my player! May 3, 2006
By Colin
Format:Audio CD
Scofield sounds totally at home in so many musical settings, whether its the (relatively) straightahead live jazz on 2003's "EnRoute" with bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bill Stewart, or this rollicking funky (and fun) ride from 1998. Here, just when the funk grooves reach meltdown point, Sco and his tighter than tight collaborators Medeski Martin and Wood take it down a few notches and its more of a slow burn. Tunes range in style from the hook-laden, melodic "Jeep on 35" (one member of the band in fact can be heard whistling the melody at a certain point) to the faintly menacing and furiously climactic "Hottentot", which most of my neighbours will also be familiar with by now. Scofield is in a class of his own when it comes to sounding soulful and laid-back and angular and unpredictable all at once (I like to think he'd have hit it off with Thelonious Monk had they belonged to the same era); I think that comes also from the fact that he's not an out-and-out speed demon, trying to bludgeon you into submission with a flurry of notes. If he were a boxer, he'd be one of those ones that wear down their opponent by circling them and picking them off with well-timed, unpredictable combinations and the occasional sneaky blow below the belt. In total control. Great stuff, though definitely a "grower" - I wasn't totally blown away at first myself, so give it a few spins!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scofield + MMW = Excellent music May 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD
My first introduction to Scofield was his most recent album "Uberjam". After grooving to that album for a few weeks, I decided this was a guy I needed to better represent in my Jazz collection. So, I did a bit o' research.
Now I've loved Medeski Martin and Wood for a long time - they are by far the best Acid Jazz/Funk/Groove trio I've ever listened too, and I own a number of their albums, and they seldom leave my CD player. So when I discovered they were running backup to Scofield's funky guitar licks and rips, on John's album "A Go Go", I was immediately interested.
Now I'm not one to get too picky, but the album should be titled, "John Scofield and MMW - A Go Go", because it can't be denied that these two separate musical entities are perfectly complementing each other. I never would have believed that adding a guitar, even one of equal trip-potential, would have so benefited the stylings of MMW. And to his credit, Scofield does a marvellous job of leading the sound. This is a perfect harmony of styles and improvisations - the sound that this foursome jams out is incredible. If you are a fan of the acid jazz/funk style, or of Scofield, or of MMW - then buy this CD. It's the best grouping of talent, and the best result of said grouping, that I've ever heard. This is a seamless fusion of a rare and perfectly matched musical union.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scofield and MMW!!! What More Could You Ask For? January 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I discovered this album only recently and have never looked back. John Scofield has a distinct sound and feeling that is refreshing to say the least. Some may best describe it as "rough" or "edgy", however I find it to be unique and intriguing.
On this particular studio date, Scofield is joined by Medeski, Martin and Wood, who provide the perfect setting for Scofields guitar work. The result is a funky jazz album of high calibre, which never loses the listeners interest. Tracks including Boozer, Jeep On 35 and Chank are amazingly funky thanks to the superior drumming of Billy Martin, whilst Southern Pacific has a more percussive feeling. There is not a single track on this disc that can be considered to be of a lesser standard. This high quality consistancy is welcome, as often MMW tend to adventure into realms that move beyond the groove and into the obscure.
If your after funky jazz in a small group environment, then you will be hard pushed to find any better an example than "A Go Go". This CD is thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, remaining deceptively simple in its musical complexity, whilst delivering some truly first class contemporary jazz.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taming the MMW beast. I recommend this cd. October 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Although I like much of what MMW do, I sometimes feel they "miss the point" by getting too hashed-out or weird for weird's sake. So it's good to see them "tamed" on this release. Maybe Scofield demands they behave...? I like much of this cd because there are pieces that likely could be played "live" in pretty much their current form, as opposed to either drastically stripping them down or needing looping/extra players/computers because they rely too heavily on heavy studio/computer treatments. This seems more like what Booker T and the MGs might have sounded like if they had to survive in today's market as a jazz act instead of r & b... The samples of their newer cd sound just as good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groove for the 90's December 15, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
On "A-Go-Go", John Scofield manages to harness the potential of MMW (never fully realized, in my opinion) to create a groove that hearkens back to yesteryear but is distinctly 90's in vintage. This edgy, funky set will get your hips shaking and your feet tapping. Not for the jazz purist, Scofield still opens up and delivers some biting improvisational sections. But the real story here as with all other music of the genre is the groove.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Backed by the jazz trio Medeski, Martin, and Wood (MMW) Scofield is allowed to apply his interpretive and free-form jazz style to a solid funk/jazz environment. MMW's work provides a can't-lose framework, to which Scofield applies his grainy, gripping style. The resulting groove is far beyond that of any previous Scofield or MMW album to date. On their own, the two acts beg for the strenghts of the other. Together, they're funkified gold. A must have album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome grooves, very creative!
Published 2 months ago by Christopher S. Nall
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
John is an amazing musician and anything he does is good. When he team up with MMW - its even better.
Published 4 months ago by Mario Napoli
5.0 out of 5 stars John Scofield + Medeski Martin and Wood = $$$
It's Jon it! No brainer. The packaging is really nice. The sound quality is beyond fantastic. Definitely worth the money. Highly suggested!
Published 4 months ago by Gregory M Crowe
4.0 out of 5 stars cool, groovy, edgy
My first John Scofield album. I was hooked by a song I heard on our local Jazz Station, 88.3, and thought I would download that song, but saw the whole album was only $5. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ronald Strong
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
I've been coming back to this album again and again over the past ten years. It never fails to impress and continually, to my amazement, surprises me after all this time. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Majestyk
3.0 out of 5 stars funk
This is pretty heavy funk oriented, with not a whole lot of jazz.

I like the funk influence in Scofield's music but not when it completely dominates the music. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lance B. Sjogren
5.0 out of 5 stars This has some pop to it........
I had not been a fan of John Scofield's work until a heard a few cuts from this little gem. Sometimes it gets a little to much to the pop side. Read more
Published 19 months ago by william a. roesler
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, Funky Album
This recording has some great playing and some great grooves. If you want something with great groove and great soloing as well, you will enjoy it!
Published on February 19, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A "desert island" contender
This album has been a favorite of mine for years. What's not to like about Scofield with Medeski, Martin and Wood (though it's not marketed as a collaboration)? Read more
Published on November 27, 2010 by stengel99
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but barely average for Sco
This is a good album, though a few of the tracks are fairly uninspired. Not sure why it's so highly praised. I think MMW freaks are more into it than Sco freaks. Read more
Published on May 27, 2008 by D. Bartholome
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