John Scofield with Medeski Martin & Wood: Chank
John Scofield (guitar)
A Go Go (Verve 314 539 979)
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
John Scofield and Medeski Martin & Wood are a match made in jazz-funk heaven, and A Go Go is arguably the best record MMW has ever recorded. Sensitive to the guitarist's every nuance, they are the ideal rhythm section for Scofield's ambiguity and implicit soulfulness. If Scofield wants to drive, they rev their engine, and if he wants to cool out, they provide him with the laziest of lazy-boy grooves. On "Chank" the guys lay down a new wave boogaloo, with Martin and Wood freakishly synched, hitting every off-beat and syncopation in perfect rhythmic unison. Scofield sounds enthused, his bite-sized phrases dripping with hot soul sauce, but Medeski sounds downright possessed. What on earth did he eat for breakfast that day?!
Reviewer: Matt Leskovic