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3.12 | 7 ratings | 1 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1979

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Looks Like Miringue (6:41)
2. Cassidae (5:56)
3. The Beatles (4:58)
4. Spoons (5:07)
5. Who's Who? (6:17)
6. How The West Was Won (7:45)

Total time 36:44

Bonus tracks on 1990 CD release:
7. Beckon Call (7:00)
8. New Strings Attached (6:08)
9. How To Marry A Millionaire (6:34)
10. Fat Dancer (6:49)

Line-up / Musicians

- John Scofield / guitar, co-producer

- Kenny Kirkland / piano & clavinet (1,2,4,5)
- Anthony Jackson / bass (1,2,4,5)
- Steve Jordan / drums (1,2,4,5)
- Sammy Figueroa / percussion & congas (1,2,4,5)
- Eddie Gomez / bass (3,6)
- Billy Hart / drums (3,6)
- Steve Sawllow / bass (7-10)
- Adam Nussbaum / drums (7-10)

Releases information

Artwork: John E. Barrett (photo)

LP Arista Novus ‎- AN 3018 (1979, US)

CD BMG ‎- 3071-2-N (1990, US) Remastered with 4 bonus tracks from 1980; New cover art

Thanks to snobb/Sean Trane for the addition
and to Quinino for the last updates
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JOHN SCOFIELD Who's Who ? ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
Good, but non-essential (43%)
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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars Like most of Scofield's early solo album, Who's Who is a mix of gentle electric jazz and some steamier jazz-rock/fusion, but the title could be a bit misleading, because if it features two different line-ups, it's definitely not an endless star-studded-cast appearances album either. So four of the sic tracks are played by a quintet that includes Kirkland on keys and Figuros on percussions, while the remaining two feature a quartet with Liebman on sax.

Actually either formation present on the album don't specifically present a major sonic difference (as in smoother or rockier) from the other, as both indulge in gentler electrified jazz (Meringue; Beatles, Spoons) or more nervous material (Cassidae, the title track, HTWWW), all of them over the 5-mins mark. In general, Scofield joins the Metheny, late-70's Coryell, Abercrombie & Phil Catherine types of guitarists, whose albums of that era presented a wide array of influences and style, and might lack a bit of a cohesive musical direction, so you can't say that you weren't warned.

BTW, there is a CD version with a slightly altered artwork that comprises a series of four bonus tracks with a different formation from a session of the following year, this time a trio, with Swallow on bass and Nussbaum on drums, and actually they sound much like the rest of the album (unsurprisingly since Bingham and Scofield produced both sessions), so it's great added value to fine but definitely calm and cool fusion album. Not quite essential to the JR/F genre, but it's a nice consolidation stone to it.

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