John Scofield: Bump
Straight down to biznizz with Déjà vu-spurring opener "Three Sisters," you think "I know this song," and although you don't, in another time and place say 1967 it could've been a funky radio hit. Other highlights include a swell, Zappa-esque squishy-wah wah lead on "Beep Beep"; bongos a-blazing, bossa nueveau<> lounge on "Swinganova," perfect for a David Lynch remake of La Dolce Vida "; "Groan Man," which sports Classic Funk Sound #43, the old chunky, gurgly, bubbly Starsky-wakka-jawakka wah wah guitar; and finally the space age Booker T. -sound of "Kelpers," a great jumping groove with a catchy octave riff. (Named for funky "free-form" audience dancers, the writer must admit to his own share of oddly unstoppable, dorky gyrations at a recent Scofield show).
No matter how far out of bounds from local Groovesville he goes with harmonics, timbre or technique, on Bump he always returns to the continually chugging groove orbit, and it doesn't let up for (close to) one solid, classic hour of prime uncut funk. This is dance and groove played by first-rate jazz musicians. You kids can go take your machines and play in someone else's backyard. This is for the big boys.
Record Label: Verve Music Group