Top positive review. Reviewed in the United States on March 7, Listen to that kind of music when you're feel sick. It's such a wonderful medication.
One person found this helpful. Top critical review. Reviewed in the United States on March 8, This guitar solo goes on and on my friends! This is literally a non-stop guitar solo from beginning to end. While much of the guitar playing is good, it just gets to be too much. This album needs some variety.
For instance, on some tracks there is a full horn section. Why not give one of the Album) players a solo? Why not give Charlie Haden a bass solo, or Joey Baron a drum solo? Surely these people are capable and could have added an interesting dimension to these sessions. The other annoying thing about this album is that is virtually ignores the guitar as a harmonic instrument.
With two guitar players, you'd thing that as one was taking a solo, the other would comp chords in accompaniment. This happens very rarely. Why would you not do this? Instead, one often gets the sensation of hearing two simultaneous, independent, unrelated guitar solos at the same time. On the tunes with horns, the arrangements are poor and the playing is often sloppy. One gets the feeling that the horns were added at the last minute as an afterthought.
If you're going to have horns, give them something to do occasionally. Wind instruments can be incredibly expressive. And another thing, much of the guitar playing seems sloppy and lazy.
On some of the tracks it's as though he's just extremely sleepy. There's a boundary between being behind the beat and laid back and just plain lazy, and this often crosses the line.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. From the United States. Verified Purchase. There was a problem loading comments right now. Showing 0 comments. Sort by: Newest Oldest. This is one of John Scofield's more-memorable earlys Blue Note albums, partnering with the equally identifiable and unique guitarist Bill Frisell.
Stewart's awesome, but Joey Baron's a nice change; he brings a lot to the proceedings here. He's extremely competent, Pat Me - John Scofield - Grace Under Pressure (CD, but his recent playing like this sounds so studied and exact compared with his work with Ornette Coleman way back when. I actually kinda miss Joe Lovano on this one. Boy, when John Scofield writes a great tune, it's truly terrific. Some songs sound as if they were written particularly with Bill Frisell in mind, as in "Twang".
The horn arrangements rounding out the harmonies do well to complement Bill's playing, too. At times, Bill sounds like he's doing a pretty fair imitation of Scofield. What else can I say? Fantastic John Scofield set. This was my first John Scofield purchase after having had some exposure to him by way of Jaco Pastorius' instructional bass video and John Patitucci's solo album Sketchbook.
Overall, I think this is a fantastic album. John's writing is sometimes traditional, sometimes clever -- the opening track, "You Bet," is the first song I think I would ever describe as 'fun' -- but always smart and clean and easy to follow and listen to. I get the idea that John was thinking outside of the box on this album, owing to his having Bill Frisell guitarCharlie Haden bass and Joey Baron drums back him, along with a small brass section on a few of the tunes.
These guys each bring their own distinctive styles to the table and the result is a smorgasbord of rich sonic textures and unabashed musical adventure. For those familiar with John's work before or after this disc, the music may surprise you. The first three numbers are fairly straightforward and are pretty much straight ahead jazz, but gears quickly shift when we reach "Scenes From A Marriage.
John wraps up his solo and Bill Album) the cake by beautifully playing a variation on the main theme while Charlie and Joey switch to a more free jazz backing.
Then Bill stomps on the gas and switches to his distorted sound and provides his own loops in the background. He gets crazy with the theme and then brings it back down a notch by providing an ethereal ambience while John restates the head. Charlie and Joey then break off to do some free jazz and then the whole gang comes back in to wrap the tune up.
This song, however, may wear on some people and even John has a hard time getting the rest of the guys back on the same sheet to restate the head. They finally do it and Bill's ending loop -- which fades out to end the track -- is picture perfect and is wonderfully accentuated by Charlie's unchractersically laid-back bass with John's overchorused chords floating above them both.
The mental picture I get just from the sound of it is like picking up a far-away radio broadcast with an old transistor radio. Up next is "Bill Me" and gives Bill some room to stretch out. After that is "Same Axe. All in all, I think this a classic disc. Album) John almost seems to be overshadowed by the likes of Bill and Charlie at times, with their preponderance for running out into left field, he manages to rein them in when needed and is actually pushed by their musical experimentation to try some new and different stuff himself.
A must-have for either the serious Scofield fan or the serious Frisell fan. I feel by rights this album should be headlined "John Scofield and Bill Frisell" and I wonder why it isn't.
Maybe because Scofield wrote all the songs? Anyway, the two guitar maestros Scofield on electric and Frisell on electric and acoustic are backed on the ten songs here by Charlie Haden on bass and Joey Baron on drums. Favourite songs? Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful. John Scofield, Moers FestivalGermany, Retrieved 19 September Archived from the original on Retrieved Jazz St.
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Jazzjazz fusionacid jazz . Trio plus Terumasa Hino on two tracks. Rough House. Re-released with the four originals from Bar Talk as bonus tracks. Scofield plays also bass and DMX drum machine. Blue Matter. Flat Out. Time on My Hands. Meant to Be. First Scofield record to feature Album) Bill Stewart. Grace Under Pressure. Hand Jive. Soul jazz session featuring saxophonist Eddie Harris two years before Harris's death.
Groove Elation. Trio plus horn section, feat. Wayne Shorter on three tracks. Scofield plays exclusively acoustic guitar, focus on arrangements, some light jazz waltzing and bossa novaappropriate title. A Go Go. First collaboration with avant - jazz-funk organ trio. Scofield plays acoustic guitar on some tracks and adds more sound effects, opens further up to slightly younger musicians like Tony ScherrKenny Wollesen and Mark De Gli Antoni introducing electronica.
Works for Me. New band, first time with Avi Bortnick and Adam Deitch plus John Medeskieven more effects, reaching into dub reggaejungle groovesrap and samples. Up All Night. Past Present. Swallow Tales. Gary Marks. Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker. Carnegie Hall Concert. A Funky Thide of Sings.
You Can't Go Home Again.
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