John Scofield: Big Fan
John Scofield (guitar)
Meant To Be (Blue Note CDP 7 95479 2)
Composed by John Scofield.
Recorded: New York, December 1990
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Continuing the bop explorations of the prior year's brilliant Time On My Hands, Scofield takes the Parker/ Gillespie postwar jazz experiments to the logical extreme. It swings mightily as all good bebop tunes do, thanks to Johnson's and Stewart's solid anchor. Sco' and Lovano form an airtight front playing unison lines in the head that seem nearly impossible to play alone, much less in tandem. The leader's playing carries over the plucky attitude from his '80s rock-fusion era that not only fits, it lifts the song. Lovano follows with his own intense but controlled solo displaying what would soon become known as his signature sound.
"Big Fan" did much to enhance Scofield's reputation as a composer and versatile player, and helped propel Lovano and Stewart to the top tier of jazz musicians for their respective instruments.
Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron