Scolohofo: The Dawn of Time

Track

The Dawn of Time

Group

Scolohofo

CD

Oh! (Blue Note 7243 5 42081 2 6)

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Musicians:

Joe Lovano (tenor sax), John Scofield (guitar), Dave Holland (bass), Al Foster (drums).

Composed by Joe Lovano

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Recorded: New York, July 30-31, 2002

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Rating: 80/100 (learn more)

Jazz Supergroup? Well, that's always a difficult branding, and I'd like to think that the music stands apart from such marketing strategies. I'm a fan of all these players' individual works, and they bring plenty of jazz pedigree to the proceedings. So what's the problem? There's a lot of good playing here, but there's also a sense that the performance was phoned in. Solos from Holland and Scofield don't seem to shine through with their usual brilliance, and Lovano fares no better. Maybe the shortness of the track didn't give them enough room to stretch out, but to my ears this composition just doesn't excite. I really don't hear the kind of sparks I expected from this ensemble.

Reviewer: Frank Murphy

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