Jazz Guitarist On 180g Vinyl Double LP!
Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series!
In honor of Blue Note Records' 80th Anniversary, the legendary Jazz label is launching the Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series. Distinct from the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series, this 2nd series curated by Don Was and Cem Kurosman features mid-priced 180g vinyl releases in standard packaging with albums spanning the many eras of the label's history presented by themes: Blue Note Debuts, Blue Grooves, Great Reid Miles Covers, Blue Note Live, and Blue Note Drummer Leaders.
Hand Jive is a 1994 studio album by jazz guitarist John Scofield released on the Blue Note label.
John Scofield's guitar work has influenced jazz since the late '70s and is going strong today. Possessor of a very distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz and R&B. Scofield took up the guitar at age 11, inspired by both rock and blues players. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. After a debut recording with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Scofield was a member of the Billy Cobham-George Duke band for two years. In 1977 he recorded with Charles Mingus, and joined the Gary Burton quartet. He began his international career as a bandleader and recording artist in 1978. From 19821985, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis. His Davis stint placed him firmly in the foreground of jazz consciousness as a player and composer.
Since that time he has prominently led his own groups in the international Jazz scene, recorded over 30 albums as a leader (many already classics) including collaborations with contemporary favorites like Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Government Mule, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano and Phil Lesh. He's played and recorded with Tony Williams, Jim Hall, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Dave Holland, Terumasa Hino among many jazz legends. Throughout his career Scofield has punctuated his traditional jazz offerings with funk-oriented electric music. All along, the guitarist has kept an open musical mind.
"Guitarist John Scofield and tenor saxophonist Eddie Harris make a very complementary team on this upbeat set of funky jazz, for both have immediately identifiable sounds and adventurous spirits. Along with a fine rhythm section that includes Larry Goldings on piano and organ, Scofield and Harris interact joyfully on ten of the guitarist's originals." - AllMusic
"Scofield's fifth of seven 90s-era Blue Note records would be better described as a duo record with saxophonist with Eddie Harris, who held harmonic hands with Sco throughout the set. 'I'll Take Less' is a nice homage to the era before fusion and organist percussive contribution to 'Golden Gaze' drives the song's inner harmonies with verve and energy. 'Whip The Mule' is as ballsy as any New Orleans fusion before or since." - Michael Verity, LiveAbout.com
• Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series
• 180g Vinyl LP
• Double LP
• Blue Note 80: Blue Grooves, Part 2
• All Analog
• Mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes
• Pressed at Optimal in Germany
John Scofield, guitar
Eddie Harris, tenor saxophone
Larry Goldings, piano, organ
Dennis Irwin, bass
Bill Stewart, drums
Don Alias, percussion
1. I'll Take Les
2. Dark Blue
1. Do Like Eddie
2. She's So Lucky
1. Checkered Past
2. 7th Floor
3. Golden Daze
1 Don't Shoot The Messenger
2. Whip The Mule
3. Out Of The City