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This Meets That

8 Oct. 2007 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2007
  • Release Date: 8 Oct. 2007
  • Label: Universal Music Group International
  • Copyright: (C) 2007 Sco Biz, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:04:43
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  • ASIN: B001KGDVFO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,997 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Capster on 6 Jan. 2009
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Scofield's style and playing is unmistakeable, and his playing on this album is as good as on any other. However, this album is not quite what we've come to expect from Scofield, although to be honest I know better than to try and second guess the man as we have heard just how diverse and unexpected his past albums have been.

So what is this album like? Well, it's easier to say what it's not like. It's not groove orientated as 'A Go Go' and it's not as up-beat and out-there as 'Uberjam' nor is it as jazz as 'Hand Jive'.

Although it's a bit of a mixed bag, with the exception of a handful of tunes this is perhaps the most restrained of all of Scofield's albums. Many of the tunes have an understated, simplistic but atmospheric element to them and personally this is what I really like about 'This Meets That'.

To summarise, very enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. G. Simpson on 2 Jan. 2008
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This is a very good album, with the trio augmented by a horn section that gives the music added heft; some of the classic Scofield-isms *including much fine playing) thus get an almost film-music like quality and breadth. The guitarist is on fine form throughout, though we found the last track, a cover of the Rolling Stones' Cant get Satisfaction" a track too far. Best left to Devo!
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Nu jazz guitarist Lee Jones and I were discussing this album yesterday during a session...

When I first played this CD I was shocked by the apparent lack of production. It has since become one of my fave 'go to' CDs. There is a wonderful human warmth to this music and Sco's relaxed, languid phrasing really gets to you once you make the adjustment to the rather austere soundscape on offer.

On the more straight ahead jazz tracks Sco and bassist Steve Swallow have completely reinvented the classic 60's jazz guitar trio sonic paradigm. The inventive, quirky brass and woodwind (arranged by Sco himself) ensemble work featured on several tracks further add to this sense of genre reinvention.

This album works for me in the same way that Nurat Fatah Ali Khan's 'Shahen Shah' album works. A simple beguiling proposition - put a group of supremely talented musicians into a sonically beautiful space, let them make real organic music in real time and record the results with consummate engineering and production skill...

An outstanding album and as important as Miles' 'Bitches Brew' and Mahavishnu Orchestra's 'Inner Mounting Flame' IMHO : )
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Sco's masterpiece 12 Oct. 2007
By Jan P. Dennis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First we had This Is This by Weather Report--generally regarded as their worst effort, although not by me. Then we had This Against That, a band put together by the formidable jazz trumpeter, Ralph Alessi. With two releases under their belt, they've managed to shake things up and establish themselves as Players To Be Reckoned With. Now, if there's even the slightest continuity of thread in the this 'n' that aesthetic, we have the finest representation of such discs.

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. There's some kind of deep ur-jazz vibe happening all over this session: infectious, heartland-drenched, Americanesque, primal yet way sophisticated, hortatory, bloozy beyond the call of duty, too cool but absolutely accessible, and just plain swingingly listenable, without the slightest touch of nostalgia.

This is the kind of session that vindicates the cultural essentiality of jazz: no other popular genre could've produced the astonishingly joyous yet entirely unself-consciously glorious music found herein.

Absolutely essential.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Scofield's back! 24 Sept. 2007
By Olukayode Balogun - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sco knocks another one clear out the ballpark with "this meets that", his first 'full-bodied' jazz album in many a year (if you exclude the 'trio' and 'band' albums - all of which were excellent, by the way; and if you also exclude the 'tribute' album, which in my view is best forgotten anyway).

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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
More great trio performances from Sco/Swallow/Stewart, plus horns! 21 Sept. 2007
By BCM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
From the stellar three who brought us the live *En Route*, *This Meets That* burns, burns, burns with the same focused intensity (though this is a studio recording and is augmented by picture perfect horn arrangements, [only where absolutely appropriate]).

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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Real good Scofield 19 Dec. 2007
By Anthony Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
John Scofield's latest starts off with an upbeat, catchy song. There's a horn section -- they play written parts and don't solo. Scofield did a lot of writing for them, though, they are always accentuating, providing counterpart, or adding color. Scofield's playing sounds, of course, like Scofield, but he sounds a little more like Bill Frisell than usual. Bill Frisell sits in on "House Of The Rising Sun", playing tremelo guitar and contributing one of the solos to the song. "Strangeness In The Night" is also upbeat, and the horns provide some of the catchiness. "Heck Of A Job" is a little funkier. "Behind Closed Doors" is more of a slow blues, it's the only song without horns. "Shoe Dog" and "Memorette" are more slow blues. "Trio Blues", unlike its name, has horns, and is a faster blues. Befitting its name, "Pretty Out" is a little further out than the rest. "Satisfaction" is a strong jazzy take on the rock song everyone's heard a million times. Scofield's playing is strong throughout, otherwise this couldn't be a 4-star CD. Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart are also, unsurprisingly, good. Some of Steve Swallow's bass solos are mixed a little for today's larger woofers.

Fans of John Scofield should get this CD, someone new to Scofield could certainly start here.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Top of the ladder 5 Jun. 2008
By W. Noshie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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. Yes after all these years JS is releasing a superb album. Creative, tight and extremely satisfying; choose the right moment to hear this album; probably after a long day of work; pour yourself a Glass of Whisky, sit back, listen and enjoy. Highly recommended.
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