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Groove Elation!

John Scofield Audio CD
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Born in Ohio, 1951, JOHN SCOFIELD is one of the principal innovators of modern jazz guitar, a creative artist of the rarest sort: a stylistic chameleon who has forged a consistent and rock-solid aesthetic identity. Regardless of the stylistic setting, his distinct guitar sound and compositions are unmistakably Scofieldesque, always coupled with an improvisational excellence and dedicated to ... Read more in Amazon's John Scofield Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Dec 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone Jazz
  • ASIN: B000005H0B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,170 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare grooves indeed! 4 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
Scofield's final album for Blue Note has been deleted at least once in the past, so I urge you to pick it up while you can as it is one of his best.

As well as being a brilliant jazz guitarist, Scofield is a canny operator who has learnt the value of changing tack over the years; this recording continues the association with organ-driven funk via Larry Goldings from the previous album ('Hand Jive') and looks forward to the brass arrangements on his 1st Verve recording 'Quiet'.

By this time Sco and his producers had the budget to spend on crack players, and here he brings in the great Idris Muhammad on drums and his then regular upright bassist Dennis Irwin (R.I.P). These 2 and Goldings create a superb groove for the guitarist, but there is also an absolutely top-notch (and sparingly used) brass section comprising Howard Johnson, Steve Turre, Randy Brecker and Billy Drewes, and Don Alias on percussion. It's a fabulous band and a wonderful sound.

Everything is understated and this record is a master class in how to play quietly, leave space and lay back and still 'cook'. There are many moments when it comes back to just the rhythm section grooving along, and they seem to have that persuasive, slow/mid tempo funk coming out of their pores. I have to say, only Americans can do this stuff this well.

Scofield plays acoustic and electric - it's excellently recorded - and the compositions are good, immediately accessible (so to speak - some of his records aren't) and tuneful. Highlights include 'Peculiar', a typical snaking Sco line, the title track and 'Carlos'....Scofield starts quoting Little Walter's 'My Babe' at one point...it all fits, it sounds 'organic' (well it would wouldn't it?) in that it grows on you and makes a very enjoyable and relaxing listen. One of his best records and with 'Hand Jive', his best for Blue Note. Highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Organ jazz, Scofield style 21 Dec 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The guitar/organ combo has made quite a comeback during the 1990's with the emergence of MMW and Joey deFrancisco, and old stalwarts like John McLaughlin jumping on the bandwagon. But leave it to John Scofield to make records, "Hand Jive" (1994) and this one from 1995, that breaks all the rules of the genre.
Sco liberally injects a horn section that includes a tuba and trombone with the standard trumptet and sax, sometimes plays acoustic instead of electric guitar, and often employs a Creole style rhythm, which drumnmer Idris Muhammad is more than qualified to carry out. Most notably, Scofield passes on using any one of a number of Jimmy Smith groove disciples in favor of Larry Goldings. Goldings, perhaps the most cerebral organist since Larry Young, carefully places his chords, making sure Scofield's guitar is front and center.
Other than an unusually subdued opening track "Lazy", Scofield brings his immense talents on the frets to fore, most notably the clinic he conducts on the title song. Pretty consistently good songwriting, too.
This is hardly the only time John Scofield puts an organ in his lineup; he put the late Don Grolnick in the chair for 1989's "Flat Out", and of course, he teams with MMW on the lastest CD, "A Go Go". But this his most sucessful effort in that vein. If you enjoyed the grooves in "A Go Go" but still hungered for something more filling, then I highly recommend this record.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groovy 21 Dec 2001
By Russell Diederich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
John Scofield is a phenomenal player. He's one of those players that makes you want to slam your fingers in a door and run your guitars through a wood chipper. A tendency for guitar players is to let their guitars "talk" too much, but not Scofield. His phrasing only contains the right number of notes and they are never rushed. He's also not afraid of letting his guitar be silent either, letting his pauses build tension in the music as rhythm keeps moving forward. Don't be mistaken that this is a guitar album, because it is not. This album might have Scofield's name on it, but it is definitely a group effort. Larry Goldings adds to the magic with counterpoint on the organ and piano, the walking bass of Dennis Irwin, and drummer Idris Muhammad drums the way jazz should be played.
All of the songs on this album are keepers, and were written by Scofield. Each song is inherently different, and provides a great listening experience. From his soft tones in "Soft Shoe" to the opening groove in "Lazy", Scofield writes and plays beautifully. Scofield also brings horns into the mix with songs like "Bigtop", "Lazy", and "Kool".
This is a fun album to listen to as the band interacts as one. Each member builds off of the other. Even though the soloist stands out, you can still hear each individual member as if they were playing alone. Very rarely do you hear such talent mix so well that one is not playing on top of another. If you're into jazz, admire great musicians, and like music that has something to say, look no further.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - one of his best 8 May 2001
By pmanz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Scofield's has put together a fantastic group of musicians and tunes for this rhythmic workout. This album simply does not have a low point or weak track. Most tracks feature a nice, accessible funky groove, hence the title. Sco does slow it down for a few tunes to feature his acoustic guitar, with pleasing results. The horns and organ contribute heavily on several tunes, although there is still room for Sco to stretch out with some great solos on most tracks.
The lone complaint I would have is that the bass is not quite loud enough in the mix. On a funky set like this, I would have liked to hear the bass a bit more prominently.
This album should rank as one of Sco's finest, a fine complement to "a go go" and "bump" which are also highly recommended. For the keen ear, listen carefully for motifs and beats (tracks 4 and 10) that Sco explores again later on his next two funk albums.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC 2 Jun 1999
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UH HUH !!! What everyone has said here is true.To my knowledge, this is Scofield's best recording to date (6-1- 99), It smoulders and cooks, on a gourmet level sure to please the most jaded palets Elation is what really is happening here, big time. One of the finest jazz records ever! Idris Muhammad on drums works wonders in this totally hot, funky rythm section. Groove Elation!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scofield Stays On Course In Spite Of Serious Pressure 3 Aug 1998
By Ron Slamp (slamp@internetcds.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Last night I went late to the jazz festival here. I didn't want to go but Scofield was there. I had trouble finding him at first as he was not on the main stage. I had to walk down a trail through some woods to a clearing to find Scof and the band grooving in the night for a small but very appreciative crowd of devotees.
I can't give you the exact feeling from last night. I'll never forget it. Everyone was animated because you just gotta move when music is that good. It was all smiles and enthusiasm. Scof has very devoted followers and if you dig his music I'm sure you know why. There's something almost spiritual about his music and the way he presents it...like a man on a mission.
He's relentless in hunting down that elusive next creation that scurries away if it finds you looking at it before it's fully created. A Scofield show will almost surely be successful in this as John insists.
If you go to a Scofield concert and don't of a sudden discover you're ! floating a few feet above the bodies of the crowd, you need to unwind. He sends me man.
This album has some of the flavor of the concert I saw in the woods last night. Scofield lets the other players fully develope their own insights on each tune then picks through them to find the materials to build the next structure to hang the song on.
Scof is a master of improv and especially with this sort of coffee house band he really lets it hang out. Often I am reminded of Ornette Coleman or John Coletrane when Scof takes the long way from point a to point b. No straight lines here.
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