John Scofield (featuring Medeski, Martin and Wood): Boozer
John Scofield (guitar)
A Go Go (Verve 314-539979-2 )
Composed by John Scofield.
Recorded: New York, 1998
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
During the late 1990s, there was a pseudo revival in the jam band scene with the arrival of bands like Medeski, Martin and Wood. Jazz champ John Scofield, who had long played other styles of music other than jazz, seemed like a perfect fit for the free jazz, funk driven trio from the downtown NYC scene. Combining a strong knowledge for all things funky and swinging, the MMW-Scofield collaborations came into full swing with 1998's A Go Go. "Boozer" is one of those hybrid songs that walks the line between hip-hop, funk and rock. With a strong emphasis on the "Jimi chord (the #9)," this tune brings out the best of everyone involved. Scofield gives the listener some nice notes with his solo but John Medeski gives the song its character with his organ fills. Funky all the way to the last note, MMW should have been hired by more artists because they can do what very few people know how to do these days, keep it simple but keep it funky!
This album is highly recommended and is a must have for anyone who wants some jazz gumbo. Serve me up some more, please. Pretty please!
Reviewer: Jared Pauley