A Go Go

by John Scofield

(1999) Blue Note

Personnel John Scofield - Guitars John Medeski - Organ/Keyboards Chris Wood - Basses Billy Martin - Drums/Percusion
Description Mr. Scofield continues his exploration of more funk/groove ladden music. This recording features Medeski Martin & Wood as the rhythm section. Not your typical post-bebop jazz.
Posted By Eric Gates (1345)
Directory Recordings: Jazz
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On 10/4/2007, Daniel Dickenson (62) posted:
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I am astonished at the two people that rated this 3 stars. This is not straight ahead jazz. First of all MMW as individual musicians are not Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart or some of the other amazing jazzmen Sco has played with, but as a group they have an extremely honed and individual funk sound. Sco himself says that when he heard it, he knew he had to play with them. Second, many of the songs have simple melodies and riffs (every heard of the meters?), but they grow and build up to amazing climaxes. Green Tea (slow, sweet and deep) and Jeep on 45 (begins acoustically) blew me away when I first heard them. Listen closely to the solo on Hottentot. When he breaks from his hard driving sound into his signature effect 3/4s of the way into the song, I am amazed every time. It is exhausting and exhilarating. When you have graduated from A Go Go, pick up Up All Night. It is sick too.
On 12/14/2004, Jeremy Cotton (7938) posted:
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Maybe I am a bit biased, but his choice of a backup band leaves much to be desired. Scofield is so much better doing his own thing- I am not sure why he is kinda coasting and retreading here.
On 9/7/2001, Chris Jacobson (329) posted:
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I've only listened to this once so my opinion may change but I'm quite disappointed. Scofield never puts together any kind of linear musical statements, everything is simple and choppy, kind of like an inferior guitarist doing what he can to sound good. Most of the tunes never really grab you and say something, more like simple jam-along tracks. I expected much more from somone as renowned as John Scofield, I'm sure he's put out much better stuff than this and I'd like to hear it. Again, my opinion may change as I listen to it more.
On 4/18/2001, Eric Gates (1345) posted:
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This was the next logical step for Scofield at the time, and the timing couldn't have been better. Teaming up with MMW provided what I feel to be the perfect backdrop for his simplified, quirky material. MMW is in great form, although they never really cut loose like they do on their own recordings. This is the only setting where I have heard them as a backup group and they are much less exploratory than usual, but still quite engaging. Scofields playing is excellent - he is truly a master of the guitar. He seems to be playing with sound and tambre more than on other recordings, and the end effect is awesome!