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More great groove based jazz improvisation
on 2 August 2013
I really liked the first Uberjam album and this, as the name suggests, very much continues where that left off. The band line-up has altered slightly but audibly the sound is largely similar. Musically I think the album sounds "safer", although more cohesive as a result. There are less abrupt changes of genre and the palette of effects is not quite as broad as the first album. Scofield appears to mature with every album, he's noticeably more melodic and bluesy here and there's Albert King style string bending, than I've heard him use previously. Some tracks sound quite similar to ones on Piety Street, Scofiled's gospel themed album. John Medeski appears though only in a supporting role, with minimal solo space. Avi Bortnik, on rhythm guitar and samples never lets the funk level drop and has co-written much of the material with Scofield.
In general a very stylish, accomplished feel-good album of danceable jazz/funk, with melodic soloing and occasional "freak-outs"