Music Reviews

John Scofield

Überjam

Verve

Guitarist John Scofield knows funky. After playing with a range of artists from Miles Davis to Herbie Hancock, George Duke, and former P-Funk drummer Dennis Chambers, Scofield is qualified to name a record Überjam. Joined here by Avi Bortnick on rhythm guitar, Adam Deitch, on drums and guest John Medeski (of Medeski Martin + Wood), the 11 tracks here bubble and twitch like great funk, with a healthy dose of sampling and even a rap. Scofield creates unique tone pictures and isn’t afraid to get dirty, sound-wise. On cuts such as “Tomorrow Land,” he adopts a slight Bill Frisell sound, where at other moments he shows he’s definitely listened to his share of John McLaughlin. And with titles such as “Acidhead” or “I Brake 4 Monster Booty,” you know this isn’t some grim, suit-and-tie jazz record. Nope, this is more along the lines of a rave played by jazzers. Not a bad mix, at least this go around.

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