John Scofield (featuring Medeski, Martin and Wood): Green Tea
John Scofield (guitar)
A Go Go (Verve 314-539979-2 )
Composed by John Scofield.
Recorded: New York, 1998
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Riding the wave of grooves that come on just about every song off of this album, MMW and Scofield dig deep for their Bossa roots on "Green Tea." The result? A fine blend of mocha that would satisfy the cravings of anyone from the Lower East Side to Rio. John Medeski opens the song with a Wurlitzer riff as Chris Wood lays down the basic root to fifth motion that all Bossa tunes need. Scofield really lays down the madness on this song with little sprinkles of melodic magic and chordal commotion that illustrate his divine abilities as a jazz musician. Ultimately, what I draw the most from this song is Scofield's ability to switch his solo dialect so efficiently from funk to jazz without comprimising the nature of the composition.
Medeski lays down his own mellow, cool jazz influenced organ without losing a beat. We also finally get a little glimpse into the solo abilities of Billy Martin, who plays a short but satisfying solo break before the band comes back in with the head. This song is Bossa-funk at its best, go and get yourself some.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley