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  • Audio CD (February 3, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00007KMNN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Oh!
2. Right About Now
3. The Winding Way
4. Bittersweet
5. Shorter Form
6. New Amsterdam
7. In Your Arms
8. The Dawn Of Time
9. Brandyn
10. Faces
11. Oh I See

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Scolohofo. Behind this saw-toothed creation of a word are four exemplary players: John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Dave Holland, and Al Foster. They've worked together over the decades in various combinations, but never together as a quartet. And, of course, they all have the letter o in the first syllable of their last names. After two tours (in 1999 and 2002), the four convened in New York City to record this, their debut. They are all well-developed composers, nicely causing this album to tip the scales at nearly 77 minutes. That’s the length of a double album, but the playing never bogs down, due to the richness of the writing and endless surprises in the performances. Holland's more elliptical melodic sensibilities are a fine counterpoint to Scofield's postbop, with Foster's "Bittersweet," and Lovano's "New Amsterdam" bringing in elements from blues to '60s avant garde. Remarkably, with writing as broad as that, this set holds together with the cohesive identity of a seasoned, unified combo. That’s a testament to their strength as players, each with a strong individual voice, but with the understanding of what's possible with sympathetic interplay. --David Greenberger

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By pjackso@hotmail.com on April 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I personally have hoped and prayed for the day that Sco would record another quartet record like the ones he released in the early 90's. What amazes me is that "Oh!" has become my favorite record of them all. It kills! Sco's tone is somewhat darker and much more blunt than in previous outings but it fits perfectly with the big, woody tone of Lovano's tenor. The grooves are tight, the compositions are stunning, and the improvisation is at a level only attainable with four so thoroughly seasoned masters.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jan P. Dennis on January 31, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The mercurial John Schofield, probably the premier jazz guitarist of his day--at least from the point of view of the variety of effective settings in which he manages to make brilliant music--morphs once again--this time back from the past (a la his guitar/sax/bass/drums outings of the early 90s, "Meant to Be," "Time on My Hands," and "What We Do") into the future. Joe Lovano, himself perhaps the finest tenor sax player of his generation, is the constant here, having played on all three previously mentioned discs. The rhythm section of Dave Holland on bass and Al Foster on drums is, of course, world class. Brought together on this session, they make something magical happen.
They seem to be in a jammin' mood here--not to be confused with a jam-band sensibility such as you might get with Phish or MMW--but they're very relaxed, groovin', and listenable, especially when they're way mellowed out, as on "In Your Arms.," or just having fun, as on "Shorter Form," patterned, one supposes, after the compositional approach of the great tenorist who was recently named musician of the year by a noted jazz periodical (I don't hear it). For their jamming sensibility, check out esp. "New Amsterdam," "The Dawn of Time," and "Brandyn." The thing that really amazes about this record is the astounding musicality of this group so lightly worn, the leader tossing off incredibly complex solos matched note for note by the astounding Lovano. And if anyone thought Al Foster couldn't play in this league, just listen to his magical accompaniment on "Brandyn."
Joe Lovano gets a unique sound from his soprano. He's got that sour, slightly pinched tone favored by many altoists, but it all seems so effortless. And his intonation is spot on-not an easy thing to do with this awkward horn.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "starguitar" on October 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I am only a young raging teen at the feeble age of 13, and my style of music is usually melodic metal and reggae, and i have only just begun to explore the world of jazz, so don't expect the best review in the world.
In my point of view i think this is great stuff to chill by, it ranges from the bluesy "Oh I see" to the 12 minute epic "New Amsterdam". Lovano and Schofield both interlap each others solos and are both great performers and love the spolight. Holland and Foster are very solid players, and back up the guitars and sax very well.
All in all, four very experienced pioneers of jazz put together make a very soulful CD.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Donnie on February 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
These four veteran superstars have put together some of the most interesting music I've heard in quite some time. Muscular grooves and air-tight rhythyms presented in a fresh way define the music on this cd. They've all been busy working on multiple projects and/or leading their own bands and as a result sound inspired. Leading off with the title track, each player gets a chance to strut his stuff in a way that ephasizes the music as opposed to just showing off.
Of the four musicians, I'm least familiar with Al Foster. That will change after hearing him on "Oh!". He never sounds starved for ideas and knows how & when to settle into a nice, understated groove. Coupling that with Dave Holland's masterful bass gives you an unbeatable rythym section.
I know it's early, but when year end lists start popping up for 2003, this cd should be high up on many of them.
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