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A Go Go

John Scofield

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Album Review

John Scofield owes a great deal to Medeski, Martin & Wood for the success of A Go Go. The piano/organ, bass, and drum playing trio adds a world of bouncing vibes to Scofield's inquisitive, happy guitar work here. A Go Go is an album of mostly breezy, sometimes tense, jam-based grooves. The album's charm is in its "city meets the tropics" feel. The four players create such a warm, vibrant sound that resisting the urge to tap one's feet along with the beat becomes a near impossibility. The opening song is a treat of plucked guitars and tightly packed new jazz. Other standouts are "Kubrick," a swooning, gentle change of pace packed with background tension, and "Hottentot," a tour de force of dynamic interplay. There's nary a moment of filler to be found across the ten tracks. It's clear that Scofield enjoyed the collaboration, as his guitars seem to nearly speak joy. His alternately jangling and plucking style sees him weaving in and out of the young trio's sound net with ample confidence. As fun as A Go Go is, it's just as well-sequenced, as Scofield and company vary their pace and tone expertly throughout the album's running time. A Go Go is far more than four cool cats jamming together and enjoying each other's company. It's an immensely entertaining, enlightening ride.

Customer Reviews

Sublime Funk

With a truly understated approach, Scofield melds his guitar virtuosity with MMW's rock-solid rhythm accompanient, and the result is pure magic. Although solidly grounded in funk fundamentals, this album has a unique, spare, sublime sound that is hard to pin down and categorize. Not that we need to -- it stands on its own, and gets better with each listen.

narsty album

This album is an extremely laid back version of the usual dissonant and complex Scofield. Not to downplay Scofield's complexety on this album, but the work from Medesky, Martin, and Wood, truly add some flavors to Scofield's playing that have never been seen before. The track Hottentot is perhaps the finest example of MM&W and Scofield's collaberation, and the organ work of Medesky adds simply epic backgrounds to the intense and original guitar work of John Scofield. Buy this album!

Essential album

Screw itunes essentials, this is a must have album for any music fan. Since this album came out, John Scofield has embarked on a funk mission, but this one remains his best trip. Each and every song are hard drivin', beer-batter and tasty. Git it now, don't dilly-dally fool!

Biography

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 Scofield studied at Berklee...
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