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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Fans of John Scofield should get this CD, someone new to Scofield could certainly start here.
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I wasn't sure what to think when I first listened to this music--but that's not unusual. Some of my favorite albums didn't grab me much when I first heard them (like Radiohead's... Read morePublished on July 29, 2011 by Bartholome
Yeah, it's a great recording to be sure. You're not going to go wrong with these cats. But can someone - for the love of god - help me recall what that elusive riff at the end of... Read morePublished on June 30, 2011 by Merciful Lee Dickens
Scofield has cultivated a guitar tone and approach that, while familiar in electric jazz, seems entirely his own. Read more
If for no other reason, buy this CD for the sheer joy of Scofield's cover of "Behind Closed Doors".
Beautiful recording of one of the best rhythm sections ever.
John Scofield has been on a pretty long roll. Starting with 1989's "Time on My Hands," (well, maybe starting with "Flat Out" the year before) Scofield shook off the metallic tang... Read morePublished on January 23, 2009 by J. Burdick
John Scofield has gone up the ladder 1 step at a time to reach this new album. "This meets that" marks Scofield finally reaching the top of the Ladder. Read morePublished on June 5, 2008 by W. Noshie
I like Scofield a lot, and I don't know, maybe it's because this is the latest I've heard from him and it's new and fresh, but it's the CD I yet like most from him. Read morePublished on April 30, 2008 by Akhenaton
Tuneful and charming but a bit boring and flat sometimes . To be honest i do not judge in a negative way MR SCOFIELDs great music value . Read morePublished on April 19, 2008 by blueish
Just received this in the post a couple of days ago and found myself bopping from the first track. It kind of harks back to the stuff Scofield was doing with Blue Note in the early... Read morePublished on March 20, 2008 by Marcus Pryor
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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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