Sunday, 29 May 2011

John Scofield: Peace for a moment - review

For fans of punchy funk - play star guitar, this defined ballad probably too close turns dinner - smoothjazz . But Scofield likes giving each album a clear identity - latest was the piety Street focused on the Gospel, while its predecessor, this meeting, has been an explosion of jazz with a brass section thrown in - perhaps then its distinctive mix of bittersweet harmoniesblues of insults and bop negotiated glibly runs will find a public wider with a repertoire that listeners to Melody Gardot and Madeleine Peyroux may be more familiar with. Themes of Scofield certainly does are not overshadowed by the classics here, as you Don't Know What Love Is, or I love you Porgy. His softly swinging in simple terms, or the slightly jazzy ballad already September (which it sounds like model his early Jim Hall) singing with his own sound and talent for striking writing, as does the plain country-grooving-then-funky song. Scofield releases sounds typically hooty pitch-bending to implement you Don't Know What Love Is, and I loves you Porgy is initially almost abstract. But there is an atmosphere is indicative, not only by playing Scofield, but in his wonderful group - keyboardist Larry Goldings, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Brian Blade - slightly limiting the edge of the exercise.

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