A Go Go
On "A Go Go", Scofield teams with Generation X funksters Medeski, Martin and Wood for an album of greasy grooves and hip downtown sonorities. The leader's guitar and John Medeski's keyboards weave and sway in a laid back slink over the lazy, ringing back beats of Billy Martin. And just when you think the groove has bent and twisted to the verge of falling to pieces, bassist Chris Wood is the glue that holds it all together. All ten tracks are Scofield originals but it was surely a group effort to develop such a deep pocket of funk. From the hip-hop of the opening title cut we get a sense that this is not your average jazz quartet. The James Brown-ish "Chank" captures an all new Scofield sound that's even more harsh and gritty than normal, as he scratches and twangs out a slinky intro to kick off the groove. Solos are kept at a conservative length throughout but that's not to say they're less intense. Check out Sco's tasty improv in the easy-groovin' "Southern Pacific" for a demonstration. His young cohorts provide some fiery moments as well, with Medeski and Martin both cranking out exciting solos on the bouncy "Hottentot."
|06:36||A Go Go||Instrumental|
|04:31||Jeep On 35||Instrumental|
|John Scofield||Electic and Acoustic Guitar, Whistle|
|Billy Martin||Drums, Tambourine|
|John Medeski||Organ, Wurlitzer, Clavinet, Piano|
|Chris Wood||Acoustic and Electric Bass|
|Susan Scofield||Executive Production, Production Coordination|
|Noel Grey||Executive Production, Production Coordination|
|Joe Ferla||Engineering, Mixing|
|Scott Young||Engineering Assistance|
|Jay Ryan||Mixing Assistance|
|Louisa Spier||Production Assistance|
|Patricia Lie||Art Direction|
|Nate Herr||Release Coordination|
|Dorian Romer||Recording Session Photography|
|Recorded at Avatar Studio, New York.
Mixed at River Sound, New York.
Mastered at Masterdisk, New York.