John Scofield: All The Things You Are


All The Things You Are


John Scofield (guitar)


Flat Out (Gramavision 18-8903-2)

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John Scofield (guitar),

Anthony Cox (bass), Terri Lynne Carrington (drums)


Composed by Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein III


Recorded: New York, December 1988


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

When "All the Things…" was penned by Kern & Hammerstein, guitars were hardly amplified, much less hooked up to any kind of pedal or electronic device. It's all the more interesting to listen to what a highly wired guitarist like Scofield can do with that timeless standard. Strangely, he first stays rather close to the theme, and the melody is so good that it lends itself beautifully to the saturated sounds of the guitar alone, soon joined by bass and drums. Then comes the deconstructing process, as the volume rises and the brushes give way to powerful sticks. But all the way through, this trio shows a sheer love of this timeless song that they explore in all its dimensions, in a most organic, never intellectual approach, up to a quote of the classic Charlie Parker intro, towards the end of these almost 8 minutes of intense improv.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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