An outstanding album...,
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This review is from: This Meets That (Audio CD)
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 : )