JAZZ2K: CD Picks of the Month

January 7th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Reviews by J Hunter

Okay, the holidays are over, so it’s time to get back on the horse. “Jazz2K: The Radio Show” returns to the airwaves & computer streaming on 91.1 WSPN from 6-9pm tonight (Tuesday, January 7), and here are five pieces of goodness you’re going to hear as we wind our way through the first weeks of 2014:

Uberjam Deux (Decca/emArcy)
Forget the rules about sequels that we got from “Scream II”: The real first rule about sequels is that they usually suck – lookin’ at you, “Die Hard (insert Roman numeral here).” Happily, Scofield follows the lead of “Aliens” and “The Two Towers,” making this sequel to the guitarist’s 2002 Verve release Uberjam both a logical extension from the original and a kickass good time! True, Scofield’s never really been away from this style, what with his presence on the Jam Band festival scene and his brilliant collaborations with Medeski Martin & Wood. Even so, having crunchy morsels like “Boogie Stupid” and “Al Green Song” definitely warms things up on a really cold day.

Archie Shepp & The Attica Blues Orchestra: I Hear The SoundARCHIE SHEPP & THE ATTICA BLUES ORCHESTRA
I Hear the Sound (Archieball)
This isn’t a sequel as much as it is a visit to hallowed, blood-soaked ground Shepp dug out in 1972. The saxman’s original Attica Blues was both a searing indictment of the prison system’s inherent brutality and a celebration of the rebellion launched by inmates who’d finally reached their boiling point. Although Shepp revived his opus with a full orchestra (complete with Cecile McLorin Savant on background vocals), the power of Shepp’s compositions still shines through on this live date. Ambrose Akinmusire’s laser-guided trumpet solo on “The Cry Of My People” aims right for the heart, and the pain is as strong as the swing in “Goodbye Sweet Pops.”

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LIVE: John Scofield’s Uberjam Band @ the Massry Center, 9/15/13

September 24th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

John Scofield

John Scofield

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Capping off a jazz-filled weekend around Nippertown, the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany kicked off its fall concert season on Sunday, September 15, with jazz-funk guitarslinger John Scofield and his Uberjam Band.

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LIVE: The Joe Lovano & John Scofield Quartet @ The Egg, 1/30/11

February 4th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg
John Scofield and Joe Lovano

John Scofield and Joe Lovano

It has been said time and time again that jazz should be rooted in the blues, have the feeling of swing and the element of improvisation. If that is the case, then the Joe Lovano & John Scofield Quartet should be the textbook version of what jazz is.

For their concert last Sunday evening, The Egg’s Swyer Theatre was filled with an enthusiastic, appreciative crowd that was touched by the music of this wonderful group. It is this connection with the audience that separates this group from many of even the best known of players. In today’s jazz world, many musicians have leaned toward the growing trend of intellectualism over emotion or storytelling. But these musicians showed how the soul could be exposed even through intellectual music.

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Free Sample of Jazz Summit: Lovano Meets Scofield

January 28th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg
John Scofield and Joe Lovano

John Scofield and Joe Lovano

Sometimes you’re just not sure whether you want to go to a concert or not. Maybe you’ve read about the musicians or even to some of their tunes, but you really still aren’t certain that you want to drop $25 or $30 for a ticket.

Well, The Egg is giving you the opportunity to sample the jazz sounds of the quartet co-led by saxmaster Joe Lovano and guitar great John Scofield for free on Sunday – prior to their 7:30pm concert later that evening.

That’s right, you’re invited to observe the band’s “open sound check” at 5pm on Sunday, which will be followed by a question-and-answer period with musicians. Admission to the pre-concert sound check and Q&A is free and open to the public.

The evening concert by the Joe Lovano and John Scofield Quartet is slated to start at 7:30pm at The Egg in Albany, and tix are priced at $29.50.

John Scofield, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

September 8th, 2010, 2:02 pm by Greg

John Scofield“Well, I think maybe my first single was the Beach Boys’ ‘Go, Little Stingray.’

It was Beatles-era stuff for the most part, but I got into James Brown right at the same time, listening to things like ‘Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.’ So I became an R&B fanatic by the time I was 12 years old or something like that.”

Jazz guitar great John Scofield and his quartet – featuring Michael Eckroth, Ben Street and Matt Wilson – headline the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival at Riverfront Park in Albany at 6:15pm. The fest kicks off at 12:30pm with Trioka, followed by Somi (1:45pm), the Ravi Coltrane Quartet (3:15pm) and Ivan Neville’s DumpstaPhunk (4:45pm). The rain site is the Palace Theatre. Admission is free.

JOHN SCOFIELD’s “Piety Street”

May 11th, 2009, 12:40 pm by Greg

piety(Emarcy, 2009):
Guitar great Scofield has built his long and illustrious career playing jazz with such legends as Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Charlie Mingus. In more recent years, he’s thrown his hat into the jam-band scene, firing up his fret-work with such ensembles as Phil Lesh & Friends, MM&W and Deep Banana Blackout. This time around, though, Scofield offers something completely different. Blurring the boundaries between Saturday night blues and Sunday morning gospel, Scofield goes to New Orleans, and puts his own unique touch on a collection of sacred songs (“His Eye Is On the Sparrow,” “Motherless Child,” “I’ll Fly Away”). Wisely, he’s surrounded himself with a stellar crew of Crescent City stalwarts, including keyboardist-vocalist Jon Cleary, bass master George Porter, Jr. and gifted vocalist John Boutte, and the results ring deep and true.

John Scofield: Piety Street

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