jazz group The John Scofield Quartet.
This CD, along with Time on My Hands and What We Do, is an exceptional
showcase for Scofield and Lovano. Johnson and Stewart lay down some of
the best rhythm section playing--enhanced by Sco's creative
comping--recorded in the 90's. The tunes are beautiful and inventive
throughout, the solos are out of this world (particularly on Go Blow
and Big Fan--I still can't figure out how they come in on the out-head
after Lovano's solo), and the ensemble telepathy is undeniable.
BUY IT NOW! Then buy What We Do and Time On My Hands.
The year was 1990 and the quartet
featured Joe Lovano on tenor saxophone & alto clarinet, Marc Johnson
on bass, Bill Stewart on drums and of course the great man himself on
I love anything John Scofield does. His guitar sounds
much more muted these days; this album is from back when it still used
to wail a little. The uptempo tunes are brilliant enough but it's the
ballads on this album that get to me; The beautiful "Keep Me In Mind",
"The Guinness Spot", "Meant To Be" and "French Flics" are worth the
price of the CD all by themselves. But other favourites are "Chariots",
"Mr. Coleman To You" (a tribute to Ornette?) and the weird and wonderful
"Lost In Space". Scofield writes all songs, naturally.
great input from all four members of the quartet, this album has a very
similar vibe to the 2002 "scolohofo" project which featured Scofield and
Lovano alongside Dave Holland and Al Foster, so if you liked that I
think you'll like this. (And if you like this of course I think you'll
Modern jazz at its best for sure.