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Old April 27th, 2012, 12:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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John Scofield Fans? What are your favorite CD's?

I've been aware of John Scofield for a long time but just last week I bought a' Gogo.



The interaction between the guitar and the old Hammond organ has me hooked.

Funky groovy stuff. It's simple and it's complex.

What should I buy next.

The drums and organ and bass remind me of the simple funky background in some older Joe Satriani music but I like the Scofield guitar groove so much more.

What next?

Thanks.

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Old April 27th, 2012, 12:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm only really familiar with his later material, but if you liking A Go Go check out Bump - groovy New Orleans inspired album. Eric Kalb on drums, I believe... very tasty.

Uberjam is cool too, smoking band.
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Old April 27th, 2012, 12:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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+1 on Bump and Uberjam. Uberjam has Medeski on a few tracks at least.

He and MMW did another record called "Out Louder"

I like Up All Night too.
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En Route with Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart, and So Near So Far (musings for miles) which showcase his trad jazz approach which I totally dig. I like the a go go esque jam band stuff too.
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Old April 27th, 2012, 02:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I like the funk JS but I adore the jazz JS ...

Time on My Hands
Still Warm
Trio Beyond (Jack DeJonette, Larry Goldings)

And if you really want to hear him burn 'straight ahead' check out the Dave Leibman record, if they only knew http://www.amazon.com/They-Only-Knew.../dp/B0013GC44A
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Old April 27th, 2012, 02:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks guys. I appreciate it.

I think that Bump and Trio Beyond will be next.
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I love Bump.
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I've been aware of John Scofield for a long time but just last week I bought a' Gogo.



The interaction between the guitar and the old Hammond organ has me hooked.

Funky groovy stuff. It's simple and it's complex.

What should I buy next.

The drums and organ and bass remind me of the simple funky background in some older Joe Satriani music but I like the Scofield guitar groove so much more.

What next?

Thanks.
If funk is what you want, go back to the era when he left Miles.
Check his Pick Hits Live.
http://www.amazon.com/Pick-Hits-Live/dp/B001RYR312/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_mus?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1335553 908&sr=1-1

Even funkier his first serious gig, the live compilation with the George Duke- Billy Cobham band from '77-ish.

http://www.amazon.com/LIVE-Tour-Europe-Cobham/dp/B00004W5CQ

I was a big fan up until a'Go-go. That is the last one I bought. And everything before it.

I tend to categorise his musical period I prefer.
1. The post George Duke- Billy Cobham band - Pre- Miles Davis period:
I mainly love in trio with Adam Nussbaum and Steve Swallow. Out like a light was my favorite. I barely listen to those anymore though, 'cause they feel a bit timid. At least in comparison what he has done on the Miles Davis records. Holidays is still a song I put on quite frequently

2. The Miles Davis years
All the three records he was on is fantastic. Decy is especially brutal. But if you check his solo on You are under arrest! (I mean the composition from the album by the same name), you should be foaming in the mouth.

3. Post Davis
He kept the funk going up to cd "Flat out". And he contributed to the most important and overlooked albums of the '80s, in Marc Johson's band called
BassDesires. In tandem with a young Bill Frisell. Accompanied by Marc Johnson and Peter Erskine!!!!

http://www.amazon.com/ECM-Touchtones-Desires-Marc-Johnson/dp/B001BOX2W2/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1335553788&sr=1-1


http://www.amazon.com/ECM-Touchstones-Second-Bass-Desires/dp/B001CSQIM8/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1335553788&sr=1-2

4. From 'Flat out' to "a'go-go"
Usually quartetts, mostly own compisition, often with sax.

He probably is my favorite soloist, he keeps me floored with his improvised melodies that are actually beautiful momentary compositions.
The two prime examples being his solos on Twister (BAss Desires: Second sight) and Mojo Highway (BAss Desires).

So you can barely go wrong if you want fantastic guitar work.

I lost him after a'go-go. I didn't like Bump, and went to see him in concert around that time, and walked out half time. It wasn't for me. The drummer started rapping, and the second guitarist played samples from a laptop.
I check his offerings from time to time, but nothing caught my interest lately. He has done enough for me from '77 to '99. Plenty to listen to, to be floored from, to experience epiphany. I am thankful for that.
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ken, I'm checking those out!!
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Old April 27th, 2012, 06:18 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I like What'd I Say, his Ray Charles album. Very cool.
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Big Sco fan here. While I like pretty much all of his stuff it's the funkiest stuff that turns my crank the most with a go go near the top.

I highly recommend Hand Jive and Groove Elation from 93 and 95. Both are early hints at the funk on the way. I've listened to both countless times.

Everything he's done with MMW is worth getting, especially Outlouder And the Avi Bortnick and Adam Deitch band that resulted in uberjam and up all night are also very good.

Trio Beyond is fantastic, especially the track Saudades, but might be a tough pill to swallow to some. Hang in there, it will definitely grow on you.

Something else to consider: both MMW and Scofield are taper friendly so there are a fair number of free live recordings available for download.
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Old April 27th, 2012, 09:36 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Even funkier his first serious gig, the live compilation with the George Duke- Billy Cobham band from '77-ish.

http://www.amazon.com/LIVE-Tour-Europe-Cobham/dp/B00004W5CQ
Yes, highly recommended! My intro to Mr. Scofield.

JS play some good blues on this Jay McShann record - http://www.amazon.com/Big-Apple-Bash...626042&sr=1-12
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En Route with Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart, and So Near So Far (musings for miles) which showcase his trad jazz approach which I totally dig. I like the a go go esque jam band stuff too.
So Near, So Far is actually a Joe Henderson album, but I agree, it's a great one.
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Old April 29th, 2012, 12:43 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Since i'm not a big fan of instrumental music but I love Scofield, my favorite is Piety Street.
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A Go Go is awesome. I also love Piety Street a lot too.
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Old May 1st, 2012, 01:26 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I like Rough House, really early Sco with Hal Galper.

Depends on what you like really. He's done so many interesting things, from straight ahead jazz to fusion to funk.


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+1 for Joe Henderson's So near so far...Best jazz comping I've ever heard. Grace under pressure is my personal fave...I can see your house from here with Metheny is a no brainer...Trio Beyond..Tweeddeluxes recommendation is his tribute to Tony Williams Lifetime...Brilliant...Sco's probably my favorite guitar player at any given moment.
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