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Handjive
John Scofield
Handjive
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rock
 
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This 1993 recording is one of John Scofield's best, with a band that adds the soul-jazz veteran Eddie Harris to a group of the guitarist's regular associates, Larry Goldings on keyboards, Dennis Irwin on bass, Bill Stewart...  more »

      
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All Artists: John Scofield
Title: Handjive
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Note Records
Original Release Date: 8/9/1994
Release Date: 8/9/1994
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rock
Styles: Acid Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Modern Postbebop, Bebop, Jam Bands, Jazz Jam Bands
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724382732723, 0724382732754, 724382732716, 724382732747

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This 1993 recording is one of John Scofield's best, with a band that adds the soul-jazz veteran Eddie Harris to a group of the guitarist's regular associates, Larry Goldings on keyboards, Dennis Irwin on bass, Bill Stewart on drums, and Don Alias on percussion. Perhaps it's the mix of the familiar rhythm section with the novelty of playing with Harris, a player with a similar penchant for inside funk, outside approaches, and altered sounds, but Scofield is unusually animated. He digs into the rhythmic grooves and develops extended ideas throughout, most notably on "I'll Take Les" and "Do Like Eddie," tributes to the onetime partnership of Harris and pianist McCann. Goldings is outstanding on piano as well as organ, and everyone involved contributes to making this a high point in contemporary soul jazz. --Stuart Broomer

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You don't have to be a Scofield fan to love this!
01/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I admit it -- not all of Scofield's work is to my taste -- some of it is a bit esoteric and left brained. But this CD has got to appeal to anyone who just loves a solid groove and a love of the blues. It is warm and funky and soulful, as well as intricate. If you admired Eddie Harris/Les McCann in the 1960's/70's (think "Swiss Movement"),think of this as a very contemporary update. The CD combines the Harris/McCann signature propulsive eigth note groove with some very tasty sax and guitar unisons. Add drumeister Bill Stewart's work (which I'm still vainly trying to transcribe and play) and this thing just sings. Highly recommended, even if you don't consider yourself a hardcore jazz fan or Scofield fan. This disc will make you bounce down the street for the first few weeks you listen."
Hidden Gem
06/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Sco is alway doing something interesting but one doesn't always like it (even if it's good - e.g. "Quiet" a few years ago). This album, however, is not only very good but also almost impossible not to like (at least given a moderate exposure to, and taste for, jazz). It's a great "gotta work in the evening album" and "friends over for dinner" too. Eddie Harris on sax is in top form - a real cooker. In short, it won't make many people's desert island lists but it belongs on most of their bookshelves. Highly recommended."
My Favorite Scofield Album
S. Finefrock | Raleigh, NC | 05/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I can't beleive that only two people have reviewed this outstanding collection! This disk features some fine ensemble playing and great, gritty soloing by Scofield and the "Electrifying" Eddie Harris. Anyone who got onboard with latter Scofield Cd's like A-Go-Go would be well advised to check this one out."