Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

221

John Scofield: This Meets That

Doug Collette By

Sign in to view read count
The first tones you hear on This Meets That are those of John Scofield's guitar as if it's being tuned to a particular frequency. Listening to the CD it becomes clear there is, in fact, a wavelength into which all the musicians involved have locked.

No doubt bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bill Stewart know that wavelength well, having worked with Scofield in the past, including Enroute (Verve, 2004). Yet it's crucial to appreciating This Meets That that it's not just the work of the leader plus rhythm section and the addition of horns. This project, rather, is a unified collaboration of seven stellar players.

"Down D illustrates what the venerable guitarist learned about technology as a means to pure sound during the Uberjam (Verve, 2002) phase of his career. Yet, as on "The Low Road, the whisper of the four-man horn section—saxophonist/clarinetist Roger Rosenberg, saxophonist/flautist Laurence Feldman, trombonist Jim Pugh and trumpeter/flugelhornist John Swana—has the detail of orchestration, as it appeared literally on Scorched the 2004 Deutsche Grammofon collaboration with Marc-Anthony Turnage. Add to that the way the wind instruments accentuate but never intrude on "Strangeness in the Night and it's clear this new album does not, in any way, repeat Scofield's use of horns on his Ray Charles tribute, That's What I Say (Verve, 2005), Up All Night (Verve,. 2003) or Groove Elation (Blue Note, 1995).

It is, however, somewhat ironic that the CD's virtues come to the fore most clearly on the cover material included here amongst eight originals. Charlie Rich's country hit "Behind Closed Doors is rendered as a quasi-blues by the trio essentially alone, and it's here you realize how you don't so much hear Stewart and Swallow so much as feel them constantly. Perhaps due to the presence of (tremolo) guitarist Bill Frisell, "The House of the Rising Sun represents a distinct escalation to a much more intense atmosphere and, again, the understatement of the horns, by contrast, emphasizes that shifting of gears.

Scofield's distinction as a guitarist gains prominence as the album comes to a close. Never resorting to cliché or repeating himself, he unites the bite of blues with the fluidity of jazz guitar as he hits notes from oblique angles on "Shoe Dog. His axe elevates the urban air introduced by the horns on "Memorette, and the riff of The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction acts as a launch pad for a recapitulation, by the horns and the trio, of the brisk interplay that fills the preceding tracks.

While Scofield's debut on the Emarcy label ever so slightly recalls his past work, the guitarist utilizes this recording to illuminate new facets of his playing. He also goes to great lengths to educate himself on production concepts and deepen the experience of his work with varying instrumental lineups. Worthwhile ambitions to be sure, and all the more laudable when executed with the panache and meticulous attention to detail present here.


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't Get No Satisfaction.

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).

Title: This Meets That | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: EmArcy


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Bad Hombre CD/LP/Track Review Bad Hombre
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 12, 2017
Read Aladdin's Dream CD/LP/Track Review Aladdin's Dream
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 12, 2017
Read Glow of Benares CD/LP/Track Review Glow of Benares
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: December 12, 2017
Read Magic Circle CD/LP/Track Review Magic Circle
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: December 12, 2017
Read A Gathering Foretold CD/LP/Track Review A Gathering Foretold
by Geannine Reid
Published: December 12, 2017
Read Swinging In The Holidays CD/LP/Track Review Swinging In The Holidays
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 11, 2017
Read "On the Spot" CD/LP/Track Review On the Spot
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: August 30, 2017
Read "Meditations on Freedom" CD/LP/Track Review Meditations on Freedom
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: January 16, 2017
Read "Float The Edge" CD/LP/Track Review Float The Edge
by John Sharpe
Published: July 23, 2017
Read "Vol. 1" CD/LP/Track Review Vol. 1
by Troy Dostert
Published: July 22, 2017
Read "PausaLive" CD/LP/Track Review PausaLive
by Patrick Keyes
Published: April 27, 2017
Read "Wobbly Dance Flower" CD/LP/Track Review Wobbly Dance Flower
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 22, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!