Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood|
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B, Rock
John Scofield is an organic mood these days. On Saudades, the recent release by Trio Beyond, the guitarist hooked up with Hammond B-3 man Larry Goldings (and drummer Jack DeJohnette) to pay tribute to Tony Williams' fusion... more »
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John Scofield is an organic mood these days. On Saudades, the recent release by Trio Beyond, the guitarist hooked up with Hammond B-3 man Larry Goldings (and drummer Jack DeJohnette) to pay tribute to Tony Williams' fusion-pioneering Lifetime. Here, in the role of guest artist, he revives his partnership with organist John Medeski--and bassist Chris Wood and drummer Billy Martin, all of whom backed him on his smartly grooving 1998 effort, A Go Go. As the crunching "Miles Beyond" demonstrates, MSMW has got fusion on its mind, too. But on what may be the futuristic Medeski crew's most aggressively varied effort, they also partake of spaced-out blues jams, Beatles balladry ("Julia"), full-throttle soul, rhythmically recast reggae (Peter Tosh's "Legalize It"), New Orleans tradition ("Tootie Ma is a Big Fine Thing") and a Brazilian-inflected tune on which Scofield makes like Wes Montgomery. The first album to be issued on MMW's own Indirecto label, Out Louder is a consistently enjoyable world tour that has just the edge and sense of surprise that has been missing on some of Scofield's and MMW's recent albums. --Lloyd Sachs
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Expected. Welcome. Worth the Wait...
Kirby | out east | 09/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Save the Chinese Puzzle Box packaging, this disk is just what you've probably been hoping for from this quartet since the long-ago release of A-Go-Go. From the opening track that makes you think of the Meters on HGH, to the two inspired covers that occupy the end of the disk, it does not disappoint. But what does that mean?
Well... for those familiar with (or, more precisely, in love with) such recordnings as Hand Jive, Bump, Shackman, and Friday Afternoon in the Universe, this disk is an expected and welcome new addition to the combined ouevre of these artists. To the unindoctrinated, it WILL have the same gateway drug effect on them that the afforementioned disks have had on so many of us. It's a fan-maker and a fan-pleaser.
If you're a fan, you're buying this. If you're curious, fans should urge you to buy it. Out Louder is part evolution of the out-jazz sounds these artists have cultivated in recent years, married to a big dose of the head-bobbing funk we've loved about them all along.
It is very very good.
A worthy sequel to "A Go Go"
The Delite Rancher | Phoenix, Arizona | 10/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Out Louder" is a return to epic groove. This is music to write home about. I have to be up-front here and confess my personal bias: I believe that "A Go Go" and the following tour was one of the all-time greatest jazz excursions. This is a worthy follow-up by the all-star group. It must have taken John Scofield a certain amount of humility to make this recording. While he's always been an accomplished guitar visionary in his own right, "A Go Go" has always been Scofield's climax. The simple fact of the matter is that "A Go Go" would never have been possible without his "back-up band" of John Medeski, Billy Martin and Chris Wood. This is clear given all of Scofield's solo attempts to replicate the results with lukewarm efforts. "Bump" and "Uberjam" are two examples. Considering this dynamic, it's only appropriate that the reunion isn't John Scofield with guests but "Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood." Regardless of who gets the main billing, the formula is the same. This is funky, rock infused jazz at its finest. Unlike on the initial release, this recording features a balance of originals and covers. 'Legalize It' may be the most unexpected rendition. Following some bombastic jams, the Beatles' 'Julia' helps the listener to catch a short breath. MMW's contribution has much of the spacey vibe as felt on their most recent outing, "End of the World Party (Just in Case)." Indeed, when compared to the original release, "Out Louder" has more of an emphasis on the psychedelic and less of a focus on the funk. "A Go Go" is tighter and has catchier melodies while this is looser and more open. Furthermore, this 2006 CD is more eclectic. For example, John Medeski plays a melodica on 'In Case the World Changes its Mind;' a reggae tune is covered and 'Tequila and Chocolate' is infused with Brazilian Tropicália. Rather than being duplicates, the similarities and differences help "Out Louder" and "A Go Go" to compliment each other. Let's all rejoice the reunion and appreciate this for what it is: one of the most underrated super groups. When these four musicians work together, music is crafted that is greater than the sum total of its parts. If you adored "A Go Go," the eight year wait was worth it for "Out Louder.""
Out Louder: It's growing on me.
Robert Reuteman | denver,co | 01/11/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"At times, it sounds like a great guitar-based Miles Davis jam, circa Jack Johnson, but more often it sounds like Booker T. and the MGs on steroids, which is a very good thing. I've got it on heavy rotation, and it yields more with each listening. The opening track ran through my head for about 24 hours earlier this week."