Guitarist John Scofield's This Meets That is a trio recordsort of. While Scofield has old friends and collaborators Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart on board as his rhythm section, the guitarist also enlisted quite a horn section for this venture: Roger Rosenberg, Lawrence Feldman, Jim Pugh and John Swana add a harmonic lushness and punch to the arrangements.
The originals on the disc are classic Scofield. While there is plenty to please jam-band fans, jazz guitar aficionados will be in six-string heaven as well: "The Low Road" is a funky, swinging track that manages to be melodic and biting at the same time; "Down D" lopes along in drop D tuning and "Heck of a Job," a sarcastic reference to the government's handling of the Hurricane Katrina aftermath, displays a groove taken straight from New Orleans.
The cover tunes prove to be interesting, diverse choices. Country crossover star Charlie Rich's hit "Behind Closed Doors" brings a spaciousness and simplicity that is welcome diversion midway through the album. Fellow guitarist Bill Frisell makes an appearance on a reworking of the 1960s classic "House of the Rising Sun"; his tremolo-laden guitar adds a touch of spaghetti western ambience. The CD closes with the Rolling Stones hit "Satisfaction," one of the first songs the 56-year-old Scofield learned on guitar. This energetic arrangement captures his essence, a player who likes to wander between musical worlds.
Track Listing: The Low Road; Down D; Strangeness in the Night; Heck of a Job; Behind Closed Doors; House of the Rising Sun; Shoe Dog; Memorette; Trio Blues; Pretty Out; I Can
Personnel: John Scofield: guitar; Steve Swallow: bass; Bill Stewart: drums; Roger Rosenberg: baritone saxophone, bass clarinet; Lawrence Feldman: tenor saxophone, flutes; Jim Pugh: trombone; John Swana: trumpet, flugelhorn; Bill Frisell: tremolo guitar (6).
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.