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John Scofield ≡ Überjam Deux


          John Scofield Überjam Deux
Born: December 26, 1951 in Dayton, Ohio ~ Wilton, Connecticut
Location: New York, USA
Album release: May 20, 2013/July 2, 2013
Record Label: EmArcy/Universal Classics 
Duration:     61:49
01 Camelus    5:17 
02 Boogie Stupid     5:05 
03 Endless Summer     6:08 
04 Dub Dub     6:06 
05 Cracked Ice     5:53 
06 Al Green Song     5:50 
07 Snake Dance     7:13 
08 Scotown     4:35 
09 Torero     5:51 
10 Curtis Knew     4:44 
11 Just Don't Want to Be Lonely     5:07                                   ©  Photo credit: Frank Stefan Kimmel
¤ Vinnie Barrett  Composer
¤ Avi Bortnick  Composer, Guitar, Producer, Sampling
¤ Greg Calbi  Mastering
¤ Louis Cato  Drums
¤ Sierra Dehmler  Cover Photo
¤ Adam Deitch  Drums
¤ Bobby Eli  Composer
¤ James Farber  Engineer, Mixing
¤ John Freeman  Composer
¤ Kevin Harper  Assistant Engineer
¤ Andy Hess  Bass
¤ Mark Hess  Concept, Design
¤ John Medeski  Mellotron, Organ, Wurlitzer
¤ Brian Montgomery  Digital Editing
¤ Elizabeth Penta  Photography
¤ Jean Scofield  Photography
¤ John Scofield  Composer, Guitar, Primary Artist, Producer
¤ Susan Scofield  Concept, Executive Producer
¤ Nick Suttle  Back Cover Photo, Photography
¤ Ted Tuthill  Assistant Engineer
Written by: Avi Bortnick / John Scofield     1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 // John Scofield     4, 8 // Avi Bortnick / John Scofield // Vinnie Barrett / Bobby Eli / John Freeman     11
Album themes: Hanging Out, Open Road, Summer
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Review by Thom Jurek  (Editor rating: ****)
¤    Innovative jazz guitarist John Scofield has always utilized the languages of rock, blues, and R&B, from his earliest recordings for Enja and Gramavision through his tenure with Miles Davis. At the end of the 20th century, he indulged them more fervently on 1998’s A Go Go with Medeski, Martin & Wood, and with a larger cast on 2000’s Bump. But the first Überjam album, issued in 2002, employed funky jazz grooves that stretched all those musics with improvisational discovery. Up All Night followed, using mostly the same band but with added horns to fine effect. A decade later, Überjam Deux reunites the guitarist with guitarist/sampler Avi Bortnick and drummer Adam Deitch from the original unit, and bassist Andy Hess (from Up All Night). John Medeski guests on half–a–dozen cuts; drummer Louis Cato appears on four. With a core band so familiar with one another, Scofield is able to take his relentless curiosity far and wide. Bortnick is a wonderful rhythm guitarist; his fat–chord vamps and biting, single–line fills on either guitar or keyboards offer Scofield a fitting foil, that’s as integral as his own guitar or as the rhythm section to the mix. Bortnick’s electronic loop and sample work is equally imaginative. Check the opener “Camelus,” where his chunky, soulful four–chord vamp adds ballast to the rhythm section, but also a wiry harmonic center for Scofield. Medeski makes his presence heard on the reggae number “Dub Dub,” where his organ comes whispering out of the ether of the implied melody, and adds another dimension to the smoky, head–nodding experience. ♦   “Cracked Ice” is jazz–funk at its very best, with Deitch and Hess firing away at the pocket and stretching it for Scofield to move along its ledge. “Al Green Song” may have been written by the guitarist, but it has Willie Mitchell and its subject’s feel all through it, via beautiful interplay between Scofield and Medeski. “Scotown”, with its Motown bassline, and dynamic chorus, is irresistible. These two tracks are 21st century soul–jazz with an exclamation point. “Toprero” is angular, fusion–like funk with smoking breaks by Deitch, while “Curtis Knew” is a ballad where Scofield tenderly suggests Curtis Mayfield’s singing voice in his melody. The only cover here is the Main Ingredient’s “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely.” Here, while Scofield stays faithful to the spirit of the soul original in both his melodic statement and solo, Bortnick’s rhythm guitar suggests later interpretations that have made it a reggae standard as well, creating a new hybrid of breezy yet intuitive invention. For those wary of a band that can re–assemble after a decade and still be vital, Überjam Deux should convince them otherwise; it’s not only a logical extension of its predecessor, but despite its relaxed presentation, it is wonderfully creative in its pursuit of heart of the almighty groove.
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Biography by Scott Yanow
¤    One of the “big three” of late 20th and early 21st century jazz guitarists (along with Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell), John Scofield’s influence grew in the ‘90s and continued into the 21st century. Possessor of a very distinctive rock–oriented sound that is often a bit distorted, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post–bop, fusion, and soul–jazz. He started on guitar while at high school in Connecticut, and from 1970–1973 Scofield studied at Berklee and played in the Boston area. After recording with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker at Carnegie Hall, Scofield was a member of the Billy Cobham–George Duke band for two years. In 1977 he recorded with Charles Mingus, and later joined the Gary Burton quartet and Dave Liebman’s quintet. His own early sessions as a leader were funk–oriented. Between 1982 and 1985 Scofield toured the world and recorded with Miles Davis. Since that time he has led his own groups, played with Bass Desires, and recorded frequently as a leader for Verve, Emarcy, Gramavision, and Blue Note, using such major players as Charlie Haden, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Eddie Harris, and a host of others.
¤    Scofield started a long–term relationship with the Verve label in 1996 with his acoustic album Quiet. He cut the funky A Go Go with Medeski, Martin & Wood in 1997, while 2000’s Bump featured members of Sex Mob, Soul Coughing, and Deep Banana Blackout. Released in 2001, Works for Me featured a more traditional jazz sound, but for 2002’s Uberjam and 2003’s Up All Night, he was back to playing fusion. Drummer Bill Stewart and bassist Steve Swallow rounded out the John Scofield Trio for 2004’s cerebral and complex live album EnRoute. In 2005, Scofield paid tribute to legendary soulman Ray Charles with That's What I Say. He featured a number of guest vocalist/musicians, including Dr. John, Warren Haynes, and Mavis Staples.                             ©  Photo credit: Nick Suttle
¤    In 2007, Scofield released his debut for Emarcy, This Meets That. Once again, the set was theme–related and featured the guitarist in the company of a large horn section — winds as well as brass and reeds — playing original compositions as well as those from the rock and pop vernacular. Two of the more radical offerings on the album were the completely rearranged jazz–rock versions of Charlie Rich’s "Behind Closed Doors" and the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." Scofield took another left turn on 2009’s Piety Street. He hired Jon Cleary on keys, ex–Meters bassist George Porter, and drummer Ricky Fataar to play on a set of spirituals and gospel tunes, all done in a grooved–out soul–jazz manner. In 2010, he was the featured soloist on the Metropole Orkest’s Emarcy date 54. Scofield returned to a theme–based format for his next date for the label, A Moment’s Peace, a collection of ballads that ran the gamut from Gershwin to the Beatles, and included some original compositions. The set, which was released in September of 2011, featured the guitarist in the company of drummer Brian Blade, organist Larry Goldings, and bassist Scott Colley. Also in 2011, MSMW Live: In Case the World Changes Its Mind was released by Indirecto Records. The double–length set is culled from the Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood 2006 world tour; its contents reflect material off Scofield's A Go Go and the MSMW studio offering Out Louder. Over a decade after Überjam, the guitarist rounded up some of his collaborators from that disc — Avi Bortnick (guitar and samples), Adam Deitch (drums) and guest John Medeski — along with Andy Hess (bass), and Louis Cato (drums), to issue Überjam Deux in July of 2013.                                              ©  Photo credit: Karen Kuehn
:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::  In April 2010, Scofield was named an Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.
 Scofield is currently serving as an adjunct faculty member in the Jazz Department at New York University's Steinhardt School of Education.
 He married Susan Scofield in 1978. They are the parents of music producer Jean Scofield (b. 1981) and Evan Scofield (b. 1987).
Instruments: semi–acoustic jazz guitar
Notable instruments: Ibanez Artist Series AS200
 Scofield endorses Ibanez guitars. His signature guitar, the JSM100, is based on his longtime stage and recording guitar, a 1981 Ibanez AS200 which he believes to be one of the best semi–acoustics ever built.[citation needed] He gets his tone by running a Pro Co RAT through either a Vox AC30 or Mesa Boogie amplifier. Some of his effects include an Ibanez CS9 Analog Chorus, a Line 6 FM4 Filter Modeler, and a Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler. Some of his additional effects include a DigiTech XP100 Whammy/Wah, a Boss EQ Pedal, a Boss Loop Station, and a Boomerang phrase sampler pedal. John Scofield uses Dunlop Delrin 2 mm picks.
Website: http://www.johnscofield.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/johnscofieldguitarist
General director: Susan Scofield at susanscofield@johnscofield.com
Agent: International (Except EU) — Alycia Mack at alycia@imnworld.com / Europe — Karin Kreisl at karin@saudades.at
As leader and co–leader:
John Scofield aka East Meets West (Black Hawk, 1977)
John Scofield Live (Enja, 1977)
Rough House (Enja, 1978)
Who’s Who? (Arista Novus1979)
Four Keys with Martial Solal, Lee Konitz and N.–H. Ørsted Pedersen (MPS, 1979)
Bar Talk (Arista Novus, 1980)
Shinola (Enja, 1981)
Out Like a Light (Enja, 1981)
Electric Outlet (Gramavision, 1984)
Still Warm (Gramavision, 1985)
Blue Matter (Gramavision, 1986)
Loud Jazz (Gramavision, 1987)
Pick Hits Live (Gramavision, 1987)
Flat Out (Gramavision, 1989)
Time on My Hands (Blue Note, 1990)
Meant to Be (Blue Note, 1991)
Grace Under Pressure (Blue Note, 1992)
What We Do (Blue Note, 1993)
I Can See Your House from Here, with Pat Metheny (Blue Note, 1994)
Hand Jive (Blue Note, 1994)
Groove Elation (Blue Note, 1995)
Quiet (Verve, 1996)
A Go Go with Medeski Martin & Wood (Verve, 1998)
Shortcuts — Jazzpar Combo 1999 with Hans Ulrik, Lars Danielsson and Peter Erskine (Stunt, 1999)
Bump (Verve, 2000)
Works for Me (Verve, 2001)
Überjam (Verve, 2002)
Oh! as ScoLoHoFo (Blue Note, 2003)
Up All Night (Verve, 2003)
Scorched with Mark–Anthony Turnage (DG (Deutsche Grammophon), 2004)
John Scofield Trio LIVE EnRoute (Verve, 2004)
That’s What I Say: John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles (Verve, 2005)
Saudades as Trio Beyond (ECM, 2006)
Out Louder as Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood (Indirecto, 2006)
This Meets That (EmArcy, 2007)
Piety Street (EmArcy, 2009)
54 with Vince Mendoza & Metropole Orchestra (EmArcy, 2010)
A Moment’s Peace (EmArcy, 2011)
MSMW Live: In Case the World Changes Its Mind as Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood (EmArcy, 2011)
Überjam Deux (EmArcy, 2013)

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