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Time On My Hands [CD]

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 (24 Jun 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000005HFE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,461 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In the past, US guitarist John Scofield has explored the jazz-rock fusion to good effect, but recent times have seen him sliding back into a straight jazz bag. It's a courageous move commercially, because he'll surely lose some of the support he's so painstakingly accumulated; but you could make out no more convincing artistic case for it than this album, which sees him effortlessly move up into the jazz heavyweight division. Blistering solos, well-crafted compositions and a nicely balanced mood mix for the whole set; brilliant accompaniment from Charlie Haden, Jack De Johnette and underrated saxophonist Joe Lovano; and he hasn't even lost his knack for catchy licks and song titles, both evidenced on So Sue Me. NB: it's worth shelling out for the CD, which boasts three bonus tracks. --Brian Glasser -- (c) Emap Consumer Magazines Limited.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD 16 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful Cd although it could take some time to appreciate it if you are not used to modern jazz.
The whole CD is an encyclopedia of modern jazz guitar
and a must for all serious modern guitarists.
There is a book of transcriptions and analysis of all Scofield's solos, although it might be out of print now.
Lovano's solos are great too and the rythm section is a driving force.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I'm a great fan of John Scofield, he really has been a seminal influence on a whole generation of modern jazz guitarists, and I entirely agree with the previous reviewer that he should be required listening for aspiring guitarists. This album though, does not show him anywhere near his best, in my opinion.

Scofield is on great technical form as usual, but musically there is something lacking here. Its as if none of the four musicians here really got into this session, and it all ends up sounding rather soul-less. Joe Lovano never really gets going, and Charlie Haden's basslines here are plodding, monotonous and more than a little predictable. Jack De Johnette is his usual immaculate self - he plays with a great deal of restraint and expression, but again never really takes off - what a shame.

This should be a great album, with 4 great players. But the compositions all sound very similar, and pretty dated too - This was recorded in 1989, and the guitar sound and overall mix are COMPLETELY of the time. I wish I could get past the slow pace and strange sound, because I feel sure that there is some great stuff in here somewhere, but I just can't get to it, and I think many others will have the same problem.

I REALLY AM a John Scofield fan, and this review is not intended as a criticism of his style in general, but I feel that there are much much better places to start exploring his important body of work. For his later, funkier stuff, try "Up All Night" or "A Go Go (with the ubertrio Martin Medeski and Wood). Or try "Solar" his 1996 collaberation with fellow guitarist John Abercrombie, where they radically re-arrange some standards with no piano or horns - excellent.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Scofield album 19 Nov 2008
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This album is absolutely stunning. I own a lot of modern jazz albums and this one is unlike any others I have.
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0 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Noise In Your Ear 8 Feb 2004
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Despite Charlie Haden's and Jack DeJohnette's tastefully firm backing to John Scofield's spiky licks this CD never takes off. The problem seems to lie with Joe Lovano who's playing nonetheless is intelligent throughout. A case in point is Stranger to the Light, where Joe Lovano's tedium inducing unision playing with John Scofield is at a minimum. Jack DeJohnette even has a brief solo. It is just that the overall tone never changes because Joe LOvano tends to fit in with rather than play off, as the immediately following track all too soon reminds one. By then you've most probably stopped listening anyway.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sco's Blue Note debut one of jazz's best records of the '90s 13 Jun 1999
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From the opening be-bop tune "Wabash III" to the acoustic(!) fushion-ish "Fat Lip", Scofield's amazing depth in both composition and technique are all on display on this 1989 outing. Lovano's passionate solos (check out "Let's Say We Did") shows why he is quite possibly the best tenor man of the last ten years. DeJohnette puts in his usual excellent work on the drum kit, but it is Charlie Haden who manages to outdo himself here. His dead-on bass lines nicely fills the void left by the lack of keyboards and stretches out without going too far on "So Sue Me".
Overall, a record that hits the mark in every aspect; a must purchase if you like the straight-ahead jazz side of John Scofield. Or if you like straight-ahead jazz at all, for that matter.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars surprising mix, gets better with every listen 3 Feb 2002
By K. D. Jones - Published on
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I bought this album because it just... well... it was in a bargain bin. There. I've said it.
It just about took my head off, though. I've always loved Jack
DeJohnette, and Charlie Haden just seems to magically appear on so much that interests me. Joe Lovano is marvelous... but this mix confused me in concept - Scofield's electric style, the nature of the tunes, and acoustic bass (the no-brainer on this stuff would have been electric bass).
I've listened to it several hundred times now, and the fluidity, grit and warmth that Scofield puts behind a horn line is just amazing. Understated, but really powerful. And the DeJohnette and Haden work with it is prime.
I'd say get this, because it's WONDERFUL. But also, if you want to hear something a little different that a guitar can do while backing up a tenor - and playing off a tenor - check it out. I can't imagine being let down.
(Sorry about the bargain bin thing, John. I got nothing but love for you.)
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well rounded originality 8 Aug 2009
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This underrated (2 reviews?) calibrated gem has in fact aged like a fine wine, that rare jazz release whose production transcends placement, allowing the guitar genius to shine in his own right while maintaining fascinating interplay with this great quartet.
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