First off let's say who these guys are. The Scofield in the artist list is the legendary John Scofield (Jazz fans will already know this as this is the 2nd album to come from this amazing collaboration). John Scofield is a Jazz guitar virtuoso, and has covered as much ground, and inspired as many advancing players as any other guitarist in Jazz history! Medeski, Martin and Wood are a trio of 12 years, who play some of the dirtiest, funkiest jazz on the market - all three are real virtuosi on their respective instruments, and they demonstrate an infinite capacity to swing their asses off while also being able to lay down thick, hypnotic grooves. The first collaboration between these 4 artists was "A Go Go" released in 1998, and an absolute classic. This album eclipses the brilliance of it's predecesor and raises the bar to incredible levels.
This is one of the finest, funkiest offerings I have ever heard - these guys are four of the finest musicians in Jazz today. There it is - that worrying word, but please don't worry, because they mix virtuosity, out-there improvisation, catchy hooks, and amazing groove in even measure! Even if you aren't into Jazz, you will tap your foot, swing your hips and nod your head like a fool to this GUARANTEED! From the first track, based on a simple blues riff from the 1950s, you will know that this is some of the tastiest playing you have heard in a long time.
As a good friend of mine said upon hearing this for the first time - "These guys were made for each other. The groove is so goddamn deep you just can't climb out!" She's right - I couldn't put it better myself.