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Monday August 05, 2013

From Glide Magazine

JOHN SCOFIELD – ÜBERJAM DEUX
By Doug Colette

Überjam Deux provides proof positive of the chemistry of John Scofield’s Überjam Band. Some ten years since they last worked together–actually under the moniker the John Scofield Band on Up All Night–this new studio set flows as effortlessly as the musicianship at its foundation.

The album begins in leisurely enough fashion with “Camelus,” a relaxed track that might not be wholly out of place on a set of more straight-ahead pieces like Sco’s last recording A Moment’s Peace. The group begins to dig a groove on the aptly titled “Boogie Stupid,” as guitarist/sampler Avy Bortnick, co-writer with Scofield of most of the material here, brings his quick flickers of rhythm guitar nearly to equal prominence as the lead guitar (he’s even more insistent on “Al Green Song”).

Meanwhile, Andy Hess’ bass forms a foundation upon which the whole band can rest, allowing drummer Adam Deitch to play more lightly than he usually does. “Endless Summer” is one of six cuts to which John Medeski lends color and soul, his funky organ comping here offset by the way Scofield bends the notes he squeezes from his own instrument. Meanwhile, drummer Louis Cato reinforces the straightforward playing of his comrades.

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