The John Scofield Band - Up All Night (rel.2003)
Front Cover Album Info
Artist/Composer The John Scofield Band
Title Up All Night
Length 67:01 Discs: 1 Tracks: 11
Format CD Packaging Jewel Case
Label Verve Cat. Number 065 596-2
Style General Jazz Rating
Musicians Credits
John Scofield el.guitar
Avi Bortnick el.guitar
Andy Hess bass
Adam Deith drums
Gary Smulyan sax baritone
Craig Handy flute, bass clarinet, sax tenor
Earl Gardner trumpet
Jim Pugh trombone
Producer John Scofield
Producer Joe Ferla
Producer Avi Bortnick
Producer Jason Aleine
Mastering Greg Calbi
Engineer Camus Mare Celli
Engineer Patrick Murray
Track list
Philiopiety 06:18
Watch Out For Po-Po 06:05
Creeper 07:28
Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get 05:53
I'm Listening 02:57
Thikhathali 06:57
Four On The Floor 06:04
Like The Moon 06:38
Freakin' Disco 08:20
Born In Troubled Times 05:05
Every Night Is Ladies Night 05:16
AMG Review (4):
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/rock/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. — Alex Henderson