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3.14 | 10 ratings | 1 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1992

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. You Bet (5:33)
2. Grace Under Pressure (8:23)
3. Honest I Do (4:23)
4. Scenes From A Marriage (8:50)
5. Twang (6:09)
6. Pat Me (5:59)
7. Pretty Out (7:10)
8. Bill Me (8:37)
9. Same Axe (3:01)
10. Unique New York (5:00)

Total time 63:05

Line-up / Musicians

- John Scofield / guitar, horn arrangements, co-producer

- Bill Frisell / electric & acoustic guitars
- Randy Brecker / flugelhorn (3, 5, 6, 8, 10)
- John Clark / French horn (3, 5, 6, 8, 10)
- Jim Pugh / trombone (3, 5, 6, 8, 10)
- Charlie Haden / bass
- Joey Baron / drums
- Michael Gibbs / horn arrangements

Releases information

Artwork: Mark Larson with Penny Gentieu (photo)

CD Blue Note ‎- CDP 7 98167 2 (1992, US)

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3 stars No, this isn't John Scofield's tribute to Rush. It's actually a pleasant but unassuming jazz album. And despite the electric guitars of Scofield and Bill Frisell, the album is much closer to be-bop than fusion.

As I mentioned above, the songs, all written by Scofield, are mostly be-bop styled. With Charlie Haden on bass (acoustic mostly) and Joey Baron on drums, the music stays fairly light, with only Scofield's adventurous soloing around the chords taking the music to another level. The arrangements never get heavy, in fact they remain at the dinner music level for most of the album.

The only songs that venture far enough away from be-bop enough to be tagged fusion are Twang, a bluesy number with an almost country feel, and Pat Me, where Scofield's tone sounds so much like Pat Metheny's that the title must be a pun.

This isn't a bad album, but it doesn't really stand out either.

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