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2.59 | 10 ratings | 1 reviews | 30% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Camelus (5:17)
2. Boogie Stupid (5:05)
3. Endless Summer (6:08)
4. Dub Dub (6:06)
5. Cracked Ice (5:53)
6. Al Green Song (5:50)
7. Snake Dance (7:13)
8. Scotown (4:35)
9. Torero (5:51)
10. Curtis Knew (4:44)
11. Just Don't Want to Be Lonely (5:07)

Total Length 61:49

Line-up / Musicians

- John Scofield / guitar, co-producer

- Avi Bortnick / guitar, samples, co-producer
- John Medeski / organ, Wurlitzer, Mellotron (2, 4, 6, 10, 11)
- Andy Hess / bass
- Adam Deitch / drums (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11)
- Louis Cato / drums (3, 6, 8, 9)

Releases information

Artwork: Mark Hess with Sierra Dehmler (photo)

CD Emarcy ‎- 0602537337248 (2013, Europe)

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JOHN SCOFIELD Überjam Deux ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(30%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(30%)
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Review by Matti
2 stars I'll be short since I'm not very familiar with this guitarist's output. Two albums from the 90's were more up to my taste, especially I Can See Your House From Here (1994) with Pat Metheny, who is one of my fave jazzmen. The other album featured Bill Frisell, and also this one happens to be a collaboration with a guitarist, this time with Avi Bortnick (never heard). Hmm, is this very typical for Scofield in general? Why always a guitarist? Five tracks feature organ or mellotron of the guesting John Medeski, otherwise there are just guitars, bass and drums. The music is bluesy, groovy, not very prog- or fusion-like at all. There are slight dub / chill-out flavours, and the track 'Dub Dub' is rather nice for that matter. The other track I liked was 'Curtis Knew' which sticks out from the boring whole as more melodic and sensual than the rest.

The playing is professional, what else, but the compositions - several of them written with Bortnick - feel too jam-like (well, see the album title...) and uninspired for repeated listening. In fact this was among those borrowed CD's that I don't care to listen to even once without using the skip button. All in all, safe background feel-good music if one enjoys instrumental, light-grooved blues-jazz. I felt like these are songs that would be more interesting with a ballsy female vocalist. Now they were just boring, sorry. And since I believe this is not a recommendable John Scofield album for any average prog listener, two stars will do.

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