Up All Night

Up All Night

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by John Scofield
     
 
It isn't surprising that John Scofield spent some time in Miles Davis' employ. Like that innovative trumpeter, Scofield has always had a restless spirit. One never knows what to expect when a new Scofield album arrives; Up All Night, it turns out, pretty much picks up where its predecessor, Überjam, leaves off. Like Überjam, Up All Night is

Overview

It isn't surprising that John Scofield spent some time in Miles Davis' employ. Like that innovative trumpeter, Scofield has always had a restless spirit. One never knows what to expect when a new Scofield album arrives; Up All Night, it turns out, pretty much picks up where its predecessor, Überjam, leaves off. Like Überjam, Up All Night is a fusion effort that manages to be intellectual and funky at the same time. Of course, intellect and funkiness don't automatically cancel one another out -- Davis demonstrated that on many occasions. But some artists have a hard time balancing the two in an effective way. Scofield, however, inhabits a place in which the cerebral and the funky not only co-exist -- they form an alliance and work together for the common good. Brain power is an integral part of what the guitarist does on jams like "Every Night Is Ladies Night" and the African-influenced "Thikhathali," but so are grit and blues feeling. If "Thikhathali" reminds you of the late Nigerian star Fela Kuti, it is no coincidence -- the tune is meant to have a strongly Nigerian flavor. But "Thikhathali" is far from an exact replica of Kuti's jazz-influenced Afro-pop; rather, Scofield puts a fusion spin on modern Nigerian music. Similarly, "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" (a major hit for the Dramatics in 1971) is Scofield's interpretation of Detroit soul. There are plenty of smooth jazz/NAC robots who would be happy to provide a note-for-note cover of that classic, but Scofield's approach -- he gives the song an unlikely jazz
ock/funk makeover -- is much more interesting. From "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" to ten tunes that Scofield wrote or co-wrote, Up All Night is a consistently engaging addition to his sizable catalog.

Editorial Reviews

Billboard
[A] terrifically imaginative jazz trip.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2003
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0044006559629
catalogNumber:
065596

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Scofield   Primary Artist,Electric Guitar,Sampled Guitar
Gary Smulyan   Baritone Saxophone
Craig Handy   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Earl Gardner   Trumpet
Andy Hess   Bass
Jim Pugh   Trombone
Avi Bortnick   Rhythm Guitar,Sampling,Loops
Adam Deitch   Drums

Technical Credits

John Scofield   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Camus Mare Celli   Engineer
Joe Ferla   Producer,Engineer
Patrick Murray   Engineer
Jason Olaine   Producer
Susan Scofield   Executive Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Avi Bortnick   Producer
Mark Hess   Illustrations

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Up All Night 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome, awesome album that never gets boring. What's the key? Like the review says above, guitarist John Scofield has created a fusion music between Jazz and Funk that is intelligent. He likes using a lot of effects, but it doesn't weigh down the whole sound because he uses his notes sparingly, but effectively.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago