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Oh!
     

Oh!

by Scolohofo
 
ScoLoHoFo -- guitarist John Scofield, saxophonist Joe Lovano, bassist Dave Holland, and drummer Al Foster -- is the modern-jazz answer to the “supergroup,” but unlike a fly-by-night all-star concoction dreamed up by publicists and management, this musicians’ collective is an actual working outfit that toured together twice before entering the studio. The payoff is an

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ScoLoHoFo -- guitarist John Scofield, saxophonist Joe Lovano, bassist Dave Holland, and drummer Al Foster -- is the modern-jazz answer to the “supergroup,” but unlike a fly-by-night all-star concoction dreamed up by publicists and management, this musicians’ collective is an actual working outfit that toured together twice before entering the studio. The payoff is an album that succeeds on every level -- great original material, a groove that won’t stop from Holland and Foster (is there another drummer in the world who gets a better sound from his set?), and career-peak soloing from Scofield and Lovano. There isn’t a piece of filler in the entire 77 minutes. The opening title cut sets the group off on a tight, relaxed groove, with superb blowing from Lovano on the tenor. Scofield has never sounded better than on the sometimes intricate, sometimes punchy riffs he offers in response to Lovano’s throaty meditations on “New Amsterdam.” However, simply highlighting a few examples of the inspired musicianship doesn't convey the depth and consistency of the project; you can dive in anywhere to find breathtaking playing. Let’s hope the realities of the contemporary jazz scene will nurture the continued existence of an “all-leaders” group like this one.

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Combining the talents of tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, guitarist John Scofield, bassist Dave Holland, and drummer Al Foster, there is an uncredited fifth member on jazz supergroup Scolohofo's debut recording, Oh! -- Miles Davis. Every one of these musicians, except for Lovano, gained their first real success with the legendary trumpeter -- an experience that informs their careers to the present. The aesthetic on Oh! is resolutely Milesian -- impressionistic, spare, soft, funky, progressive, but always with an ear to the blues. Scolohofoda? His sound is almost literally present, an "implied tone" whenever Scofield's dissonant chord clusters and Lovano's whispery throat tones collide. These guys played with Davis in his later fusion period during the '70s and '80s when Davis' "group" aesthetic came to the fore and became perhaps even more important than his individual contribution. And, while everyone gets their featured solo spot, the overall effect is one of intensely soft and layered patches of sound. Scofield's trademark "chicken scratch" lines match perfectly with Lovano's fuzzy spittle tone and the rhythm section of Holland and Foster offers its own wryly propulsive counterpoint. Musically, the goal is resolutely post-bop, but with an acoustic, folky underpining that allows for some interestingly arranged melodic moments. This contrasts nicely with the free-flowing, loose improvisation informed by '60s free jazz, fusion, and modern progressive styles. Longtime fans of the work of these individual musicians will find much to enjoy here, but there is the sense of new or at least rediscovery on Oh! -- another Davis trademark -- which bodes well for future collaborations.
Entertainment Weekly
Embedded in this comfort zone...is sparkling playing and ironclad unity from all.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/28/2003
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724354208126
catalogNumber:
42081

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