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John Scofield: Who's Who?

Album Notes

Personnel: John Scofield (acoustic & electric guitars); Kenny Kirkland (acoustic & electric pianos, Clavinet); Eddie Gomez (acoustic bass); Anthony Jackson (electric bass); Steve Jordan, Billy Hart (drums); Sammy Figueroa (congas, percussion).

Producers: John Scofield, Mark Bingham, David Baker.

Recorded at The Platinum Factory, Brooklyn, New York.

Who's Who? features guitarist John Scofield (who was then 27) searching for his own sound. Four of the selections have Scofield backed by a light funky quartet, while two other pieces feature him with three notable jazzmen: saxophonist Dave Liebman, bassist Eddie Gomez, and drummer Billy Hart. The problem with this date is that Scofield is a much stronger guitarist than he is a composer, and none of his complex melodies are all that memorable. This set is recommended mostly for John Scofield completists; other listeners are advised to pick up his more recent releases instead. ~ Scott Yanow



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