John Scofield Time On My Hands

Time On My Hands
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CD Details

  • Released: February 28, 1990
  • Originally Released: 1990
  • Label: Blue Note Records

Entertainment Reviews:

Q - 2/91
4 Stars - Excellent - Recommended as one of the five best jazz albums of 1990 - "...Scofield's best record yet, not just for his own bluesy muscularity but for the strength of his compositions, this time flavoured with a powerful taste of Mingus..."
Down Beat
5 Stars - Excellent


  • 1.Wabash III
  • 2.Since You Asked
  • 3.So Sue Me
  • 4.Let's Say We Did
  • 5.Flower Power
  • 6.Stranger To The Light
  • 7.Nocturnal Mission
  • 8.Farmacology
  • 9.Time And Tide
  • 10.Be Hear Now
  • 11.Fat Lip

Product Description:

Personnel: John Scofield (guitar); Joe Lovano (saxophone); Charlie Haden (bass); Jack DeJohnette (drums).
Recorded at Power Station, New York, New York on November 19-21, 1989.
Personnel: John Scofield (guitar); Joe Lovano (saxophone); Jack DeJohnette (drums).
Recording information: Power Station NYC, NY (11/19/1989-11/21/1989).
Photographer: Carol Friedman.
John Scofield has turned the corner from journeyman jazz guitarist to become one of the most inventive and witty players on the contemporary scene. This date, his first for the Blue Note label, builds on a discography following several recordings for the Gramavision label, and also progresses this contemporary jazz music into an individualism that can only bode well for his future efforts. Teamed with the rising-star saxophonist Joe Lovano and the bulletproof rhythm team of bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Jack DeJohnette, Scofield is emerging as a player of distinction on the electric guitar, and a composer whose mirthful ideas add spark and vigor to his newfound musical setting. In this co-production with Peter Erskine, Sco has found his melodic stride in making music that is bright and clever without being overly intellectual, retaining a soulful quality enriched by the deep-rooted, bluesy tenor sax of Lovano. What is most refreshing is that this music has broken free of clich‚s from the earlier original fusion movement, and what Scofield might have accomplished prior. "Farmacology" is an excellent example of this, more in the hard bop vein and echoing both ringing country twang and the unique voicings of Ornette Coleman. There's rambling neo-bop and good-time fun in the unison of guitar and tenor sax during "Wabash III," a lighter, elegant, but free and melodic tone in 6/8 time for "Flower Power," and squeaky clean, sweet, easygoing swing demonstrated on "Since You Asked." Haden and DeJohnette are so well matched as a rhythm team that it's easy to take them for granted, while hard to ignore their brilliance. They load up on New Orleans-style blues while Scofield doles out amusing and fractured lines for "So Sue Me," collectively move to a sleek and sneaky stance on "Let's Say We Did," and rip up a driven, forceful neo-bop for the linear melody of the witty "Stranger to the Light." Even though it's a first-time issue on CD, there are three bonus tracks, including the soul song shuffle "Time and Tide," a free, loose association that identifies "Be Hear Now," and the big-time, rock & roll-flavored, squawky "Fat Lip." It's hard to fathom this being anything other than a sustainable new direction for Scofield's music, one that he can enhance as bandmembers come and go in the not too distant future. ~ Michael G. Nastos

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