Personnel includes: John Scofield (guitar); George Duke, Robert Aries (keyboards); Gary Grainger (bass); Dennis Chambers (drums); Don Alias (percussion).
Personnel: John Scofield (guitar); George Duke, Robert Aries (keyboards); Dennis Chambers (drums); Don Alias (percussion).
Is this jazz loud? Perhaps not in the strictest of amplified senses, but John Scofield does indeed make an alluring jazz noise here. Comprising 11 works that mine the jazz/rock interface, LOUD JAZZ continues Scofield's obvious love affair with his guitar. Scofield is aided and abetted here by a cadre of notable sidemen, among them journeyman drummer Dennis Chambers, world-weary percussionist Don Alias (late of Weather Report), and keyboardist George Duke suspends his '80s muzak descent with a number of plangent solos.
Scofield lets a gaggle of guitar cats out of the proverbial bag on the languid "Signature of Venus." He leads his randy troupe into some greasy funk ("Dirty Rice", "Otay") and works up some heady ECM-ish soundscapes on "igetthepicture." Scofield's picking runs the gamut from punchy and prickly to poignant and picturesque. His breezy, likeable style aligns him squarely with fellow fusioneer labelmate Kazumi Watanabe and also recalls Pat Metheny's similar '70s wax. Fine stuff.