John Scofield with Medeski Martin & Wood: Hottentot




John Scofield (guitar)


A Go Go (Verve 314 539 979)

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John Scofield (guitar), John Medeski (organ), Chris Wood (bass), Billy Martin (drums).

Composed by John Scofield


Recorded: New York, 1997


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

While most of A Go Go is chilled and relaxed, "Hottentot" turns up the heat, steadily burning until it's a raging inferno by its final note. The groove is simplistic and repeated relentlessly, sustaining an intensity so strong that only the end of the tune will provide a chance to finally exhale. Scofield's solo starts off a touch "noodly" as he looks to gain some traction, but once he reaches the bridge, watch out. His ideas are better defined over the tense, descending chords, and while his sound gets edgier, he never overplays. Medeski then swoops in with all the stops out and unleashes titanic waves of sound, engulfing his bandmates and bringing things to a rousing climax.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic

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