John Scofield: The Low Road
The Low Road
John Scofield (guitar)
This Meets That (Emarcy 0602517340855)
John Swana (trumpet & flugelhorn), Jim Pugh (trombone), Lawrence Feldman (tenor sax & flute), Roger Rosenberg (baritone sax & bass clarinet).
Composed by John Scofield.
Recorded: New York, September 2006, April/May 2007
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
This is great Scofield! A bit more polished than some time ago, perhaps, but still it's good to hear Sco in this vein again: tricky, creative soloing, dirty sound, fantastic rhythm. He's the best when he wants to be, and he knows it! Swallow is as faithfully present as ever, with his supple drive and round sound, and Stewart's drumming on this groovy tune reminds us – in case we had forgotten – of his long stint with Maceo Parker. But this is no trio track, and Scofield has arranged some beautifully efficient horn riffs, sheets of sounds and countermelodies to this great blues tune.
Reviewer: Thierry QuÃ©num