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This Meets That Import

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Following celebrated runs on the Enja, Arista, Gramavision, Blue Note and Verve labels, Scofield is proud to release his first project for Emarcy, This Meets That. The album finds Scofield once again in the company of what he calls his A-Team bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bill Stewart the trio that released En Route in 2004. Added to that, the four-part horn section of Roger Rosenberg on baritone sax and bass clarinet, Jim Pugh on trombone, Lawrence Feldman on tenor sax and flutes and John Swana on trumpet and flugelhorn. A special treat, one tune also features special guest Bill Frisell on tremolo guitar a cover of House of the Rising Sun.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Can/Zoom
  • ASIN: B000TUWF4K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,675,793 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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First we had This Is This by Weather Report--generally regarded as their worst effort, although not by me. Then we had This Against That, a band put together by the formidable jazz trumpeter, Ralph Alessi. With two releases under their belt, they've managed to shake things up and establish themselves as Players To Be Reckoned With. Now, if there's even the slightest continuity of thread in the this 'n' that aesthetic, we have the finest representation of such discs.

From the first skronk-ish sounds emanating from the speakers, we're alerted to something special going on here. Sco pretty much brings out the heavy artillery: squawks, blats, wah-wah madness, demon comping, bent strings, Frisell-like heartlandish moves, Leslie effects, chordal leads, fluid Metheny-esque lines, brief flashes of heavy-metal insanity, and some purely righteous shredding. But, amazingly, it's all in context, never just showmanship, never "Look at me, I can do this and you can't," which, although true, is beside the point.

Seldom have I been so immediately and permanently blown away by a disc as I've been by this remarkable music. From a purely sonic standpoint, this has to be one of the most amazing records ever made. Working mainly within a trio context, although subtly and brilliantly augmented by a horn section, Sco manages to produce an astounding variety of sounds, moods, and sensibilities. From that standpoint alone this disc would be a must-have. But the aural adroitness only scratches the surface.
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Sco knocks another one clear out the ballpark with "this meets that", his first 'full-bodied' jazz album in many a year (if you exclude the 'trio' and 'band' albums - all of which were excellent, by the way; and if you also exclude the 'tribute' album, which in my view is best forgotten anyway).

The basic trio is still here though, with Steve Swallow on electric bass and Bill Stewart on drums but also along for the ride are Roger Rosenberg on baritone saxophone and bass clarinet, Lawrence Feldman on tenor saxophone and flutes, Jim Pugh on trombone, John Swana on trumpet and flugelhorn and last but by no means least, Bill Frisell, who pops up on temolo guitar on the Traditional, "House of the Rising Sun". I couldn't wait to get this one and put it into the CD player, and it doesn't disappoint. Granted, there are no keyboards of any kind anywhere on this album (and I do like my keyboards) but I honestly don't miss them.

Apart from my obvious excitement about the music, there was one other thing that leapt out at me about this album - the fact that Scofield didn't write all the songs. I'm not sure I remember ever seeing that on a John Scofield album (apart from the aforementined 'tribute' one, perhaps). Apart from the Traditional, the album also includes the Rolling Stones tune "I Can't Get No Satisfaction", written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, and "Behind Closed Doors", which was written by Kenneth Gist.

The album is produced by Scofield though and I'm particuarly pleased to hear his guitar's got some of its trademark wail back. A solid and totally satisfying piece of work.
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From the stellar three who brought us the live *En Route*, *This Meets That* burns, burns, burns with the same focused intensity (though this is a studio recording and is augmented by picture perfect horn arrangements, [only where absolutely appropriate]).

There's history here: bassist Steve Swallow produced an earlier Scofield cd called *Grace Under Pressure* and contributed horn arrangements that fit like gloves to several tunes there (Charlie Haden played bass: haven't heard it? Fix That.) Bill Frisell played guitar on every track on *Grace*; here he guests on one ("House of the Rising Sun" at that!).

Anything Scofield, Swallow, and Bill Stewart do is worth your time and attention: but when they are in the same room together, there is a special magic. Buy it.
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John Scofield's latest starts off with an upbeat, catchy song. There's a horn section -- they play written parts and don't solo. Scofield did a lot of writing for them, though, they are always accentuating, providing counterpart, or adding color. Scofield's playing sounds, of course, like Scofield, but he sounds a little more like Bill Frisell than usual. Bill Frisell sits in on "House Of The Rising Sun", playing tremelo guitar and contributing one of the solos to the song. "Strangeness In The Night" is also upbeat, and the horns provide some of the catchiness. "Heck Of A Job" is a little funkier. "Behind Closed Doors" is more of a slow blues, it's the only song without horns. "Shoe Dog" and "Memorette" are more slow blues. "Trio Blues", unlike its name, has horns, and is a faster blues. Befitting its name, "Pretty Out" is a little further out than the rest. "Satisfaction" is a strong jazzy take on the rock song everyone's heard a million times. Scofield's playing is strong throughout, otherwise this couldn't be a 4-star CD. Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart are also, unsurprisingly, good. Some of Steve Swallow's bass solos are mixed a little for today's larger woofers.

Fans of John Scofield should get this CD, someone new to Scofield could certainly start here.
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Just saw your question a few months later... Bill recently led a great trio session ("The Bill Stewart Trio", natch) on "Keynote Speakers", which includes frequent collaborators Larry Goldings on organ and Kevin Hays on acoustic/electric piano. Like the instrumentation, the... Read More
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