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After a decade-long stretch where he recorded tributes to Ray Charles and gospel, collaborated with Medeski Martin & Wood, and led various small conventional jazz combos, guitarist John Scofield returns to Uberjam to do a third album. Scofield is particularly known for his groove-based brand of jazz, but Uberjam (along with his work with MMW, whose John Medeski guests here) finds the guitarist firmly in jam-band territory. Rhythm guitarist Avi Bortnick pushes that agenda by playing chords and vamps or picking African and funk-based riffs. His sampler and keyboard work brings the band into the electronic side of that scene (particularly on “Endless Summer” and “Cracked Ice”). The aptly named “Dub Dub,” on the other hand, finds the band in reggae territory, anchored by bassist Andy Hess; drummer Adam Deitch also stands out as he lays down some tasty fills. The album's lone cover song, The Main Ingredient’s “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely,” ups the R&B quotient, and certainly no one will complain about the soulful “Al Green Song.”

Customer Reviews


thanks js best jazzz cd of the year

Bland Uberjam

I looked forward to this release as I loved the original Uberjam & even got to see the band perform live on a double bill with Charlie Hunter. This Uberjam has some good moments but to me it is a generic guitar jazz album that does not have enough of the electronics on it that made the first Uberjam unique. I'm a little bit disappointed as I love Sco.

Worth the decade's wait

The compositions are a bit more complex and interesting than the excellent first Uberjam release a decade ago, the groove even more infectious and the playing - not just Scofield, who's magnificent as usual, but everyone - is top notch. Given the timing of this release, I think my entire summer is going to have an Uberjam soundtrack. Great stuff!


Born: December 26, 1951 in Dayton, OH

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the "big three" of late 20th and early 21st century jazz guitarists (along with Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell), John Scofield's influence grew in the '90s and continued into the 21st century. Possessor of a very distinctive rock-oriented sound that is often a bit distorted, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, fusion, and soul-jazz. He started on guitar while at high school in Connecticut, and from 1970-1973, he studied at Berklee and...
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