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John Scofield Band Uberjam

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The John Scofield Band Uberjam on 180g Import 2LP from Speakers Corner

It is a rare artist that can play more than one style of music with true fluency, virtuosity and sincerity. John Scofield can, and he more than proved it on his 2002 Verve release, Überjam. The album finds him confirming his reputation as a peerless jazz guitarist, while making groove and jam-oriented music at the highest level, alongside Avi Bortnick (guitar), Jesse Murphy (bass), Adam Deitch (drums), Karl Denson (saxophone) and John Medeski (organ).

The 11 original songs on Überjam showcase a group that explores diverse influences and styles while maintaining an irresistible groove. Launching with the eastern aura of “Acidhead,” easing into the languid “Tomorrow Land,” and ending with the super-funky climax of “Lucky For Her,” Überjam takes listeners on a modern journey of forward-thinking compositions and captivating improvisations by The Scofield Band.

“I had to search high and low to find the right musicians to make this record with me. It took a long time to find them, but I know that these guys are the best I’ve played with in this idiom. It’s a pleasure to go to work every day.” Scofield explains. “I especially wanted to record with my band this time rather than make an ‘all-star’ record. The band has grown over the past three years and nothing compares with an entity that develops over time. We went into Avatar Studios and started recording immediately after a 40-concert tour and the band was really tight. With the additional inspiration of John Medeski and Karl Denson’s contributions, we were really cooking.”

He continues: “Avi Bortnick is a rhythm guitar master. Between the two of us, we cover just about everything a guitar can and should do. It’s hard to find a player who likes laying in the groove while I play endless solos! When Avi expressed an interest to get into sampling a few years back, I never realized that he would quickly turn into the electro-magician that he is today!” 

Of bass player Jesse Murphy, Scofield says: “Jesse is the most intuitive and like-minded bass player that I’ve played with in a long time. He is truly eclectic musically; he knows and appreciates so many different styles. He has the perfect temperament for a bassist - boundless energy blended with the directed focus of a traffic cop. That’s very hard to find and essential for a good band!”

On drummer Adam Deitch, Sco adds: “I’ve worked with all kinds of great drummers but I knew I found the right guy the first time I played with Adam. He’d been anchoring down the current version of the Average White Band, which tells you something about his groove. He throws ideas at you all night long.”

Scofield says that “the music on Überjam may be the kind of music I feel most comfortable with. I started with jazz-rock 30 years ago and the great thing about this music is that it’s still evolving. When confronted with the ‘Who is John Scofield’ question, I like to oversimplify it by saying that ‘I like rock and jazz.’ Almost every interviewer asks me about my past experience with Miles Davis. I have to say that out of all the albums I’ve made, I think this is the one that Miles would have enjoyed the most. Miles’ spirit is in this music. He was always looking to take jazz to a new place.”

John Scofield (guitar)
Avi Bortnick (guitar, sampling)
Jesse Murphy (bass)
Adam Deitch (drums)
Karl Denson (saxophone)
John Medeski (mellotron, organ, clavinet)

The John Scofield Band Uberjam Track Listing:  

1.  Acidhead
2.  Ideofunk
3.  Jungle Fiction
4.  I Brake 4 Monster Booty
5.  Animal Farm
6.  Offspring

1.  Tomorrow Land
2.  überjam
3.  Polo Towers
4.  Snap Crackle Pop
5.  Lucky For Her

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4. Snap Crackle Pop
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