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Album Review

Guitarist John Scofield takes the traditional jazz route on Works for Me, an excellent collection of 11 compositions that feature the all-star lineup of Christian McBride on acoustic bass, Kenny Garrett on alto saxophone, Brad Mehldau on acoustic piano, and the dynamic Billy Higgins on drums. This CD is unlike the alternative rock and funk jazz fusion on his previous efforts A Go Go and Bump. On this offering, John Scofield gives a great reassessment of straight-ahead post-bop jazz that is distinguished and stimulating. On "Big J," Scofield and saxophonist Kenny Garrett make a great team as they reach out with a call and response improvisation that engrosses the listener throughout its development. On "Loose Cannon," Garret means business as he launches into some great straight-ahead hard blowing. The ensemble changes the mood on "Love You a Long Time" with a soft approach to this resonant, melodic ballad. Drummer Billy Higgins is impossible to miss on "Freepie" and Christian McBride performs his stellar top to bottom command of acoustic bass techniques throughout this great program. Christian McBride plays a great solo on "Heel to Toe." From the hard swinging "Do I Crazy?" to the tranquil "Mrs. Scofield's Waltz," the versatility of John Scofield shows why he is one of the "Big 3" of current jazz guitarists.

Customer Reviews

Works for me - John Scofield

John Scofield has always rocked my boat (ever since A Go Go), but being a jazz enthusiast, he has never given me the jazz fix I require - until this album. If you dig sitting in a jazz club listening to a killer jazz quartet you will NOT be disappointed by this Scofield release. This is a compilation of tasty tunes that showcases the undeniable chops of John and company. A recommended buy for any seasoned jazz enthusiast - or those new-bees just testing the waters.

Absolutely perfect contemporary jazz album.

I have a lot of jazz albums -- A LOT. Mostly piano trio format (Powell, Tatum, Nichols, Mehldau....). For horns, I tend toward the Coltrane/Tyner and Monk/Rouse end of the spectrum. I don't listen to a lot of contemporary jazz -- and what I do listen to (Mehldau, mostly) feels very much like an hip homage to the past masters. I listen to almost no jazz guitar.

This album is the rare exception across a number of planes. I backed into through Mehldau, but came to love it for the rest of the lineup. It's fresh and funky without being cheesy or cliched. It's really a perfect contemporary jazz album.

works for me

good album especially "ill catch you" in my opinion, thats why I want it Not to be an album only song

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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