John Scofield

Picked up this record from the bargain section for 8.95€. Double 180gr vinyl. The fun part was that I even didn't notice that John Scofield plays on this until I got home. At this great price and artwork I just couldn't resist.

The quartet plays originals by all members as wel as classics by The Doors (yes, Light my fire), Cream (yes, Sunshine of your love),  Jobim and Dylan (well yes, The times they are a-changin).

This is a John Scofield album recorded during his tenure with Miles Davis. There's no bass player hired as John is playing the bass parts himself. Scofield got Dennis Chambers on drums for later albums and touring but here the drum throne is taking by Steve Jordan. A wonderful choice. Jordan, as always, focuses on the groove and he's an original master at that. Funky and driving without losing himself.

The horn section (trombone, alt-sax) is the rare combination of Ray Anderson and David Sanborn. Anderson originating out of the free jazz-free funk corner, and Sanborn the sought after studio musician/fusion icon. Nevertheless the both find a common musical path on this adventure. Listen to 'Filibuster' to hear them go in higher gear. Peter Levin is humble playing keyboards.

A funky jazz album showing the fruition of an unique talent. Miles knew.

Grammavision Records 1984 GR 8405

A side:

  1. Just my luck
  2. Big break
  3. Best western
  4. Pick hits

B side:

  1. Filibuster
  2. Thanks again
  3. King for a day
  4. Phone home
John Scofield 1984 Electric Outlet album

The concert of George Duke and Billy Cobham in Montreux 1976 became a classic on record. There's movie footage to. Experience the band at their height. John Scofield is there and we get a chance to see former Weather Report bass player Alphonso Johnson performing on Chapman stick. Let me say one thing about Johnson: he remains underrated by most for his work with Weather Report. Which is a shame.


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