John Scofield: Almost sold out!
A decade after John Scofield last assembled his supremely funky Überjam quartet, the legendary guitarist is getting back on the groove train. In the late 1990s when every college town seemed to boast a bevy of jam bands, Sco showed the kids that when it comes to funk, less is often more. A master improviser with a trademark distortion-tinged tone, he’s thrived in post bop, funk, and fusion settings with his knack for finely calibrated off-kilter lines. Scofield persuasively demonstrated that an established jazz artist who cut his teeth with the likes of Mingus, Miles and Gary Burton didn’t need any new tricks when he teamed up with Medeski Martin and Wood on 1998’s sinewy groovathon A Go Go (Verve). On 2002’s Überjam, he put his own spin on acid jazz with a dance-inducing quartet featuring Brazilian Girls electric bassist Jesse Murphy, Lettuce drummer Adam Deitch, and rhythm guitar ace and samplist Avi Bortnick. Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule, Steve Kimock) took over the bass chair on the quartet’s next album, 2003’s influential Up All Night (Verve), but then Scofield moved on in several new directions. With a new Überjam album, Überjam Deux, out on EmArcy/Universal, he’s rounded up the quartet for another irresistible groove-powered ride.
John Scofield guitar
Avi Bortnick guitar, sampler
Andy Hess bass
Tony Mason drums