I read the reviews below, and I can agree with almost everything said, but I just have to give this one 5 stars. I will agree that Bump is a better album overall, and showcases a more varied set of grooves, but this album is a certified classic too, and deserves 5 stars any day! It is the first recording produced by the legendary John Scofield with the amazing Medeski, Martin and Wood, and these four musicians were born to play together!
Medeski, Martin and Wood should be listed as artists on this album too! Together for about 12 years, they are the finest players in their admittedly small genre, and fans of out-there funk will love this - MMW demonstrate an demonstrate an infinite capacity to swing their asses off while also being able to lay down thick, hypnotic grooves. They are a real working band, touring solidly for at least 5 years, and it shows in the almost telepathic musical link they seem to share. All the compositions here are Scofield's, but this is perhaps the first true Scofield funk album - and that could not have been achieved without MMW.
The first time you listen to this album it will blow you away - truly superb musicians having a great time, and playing interesting music with an amazing groove! The best thing is that after the 100th listen you'll still be grooving! Buy it, buy "Bump" and most of all, buy the latest fruit of this wonderful collaberation "Out Louder"!!