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Listen to the latest Jazz releases, with selections from Gary Bartz, Joe Lovano, Snowpoet, Portraits in Jazz, Shai Maestro Trio, and more. Last Updated: 01/04/21

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Title Artist Album Duration
1
Spiritual Ideation
Gary Bartz Spiritual Ideation 00:03:57

Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Composer, MainArtist - Gary Bartz, Composer, MainArtist - Adrian Younge, Composer, MainArtist - Sony ATV, Linear Labs, Cool Abdul Music, MusicPublisher

2020 Jazz Is Dead 2020 Sony ATV, Linear Labs, Cool Abdul Music

2
Garden of Expression
Joe Lovano Garden of Expression 00:07:33
3
Roots
Snowpoet Roots 00:04:47

Greg Calbi, MasteringEngineer - Chris Hyson, Composer, Producer, Engineer - Snowpoet, MainArtist - Alex Haines, AdditionalEngineer - Lloyd Haines, AdditionalEngineer - Lauren Kinsella, Composer, Lyricist - Alex Killpartrick, Engineer, MixingEngineer

(C) 2021 Edition Records (P) 2021 Edition Records

4
Clouds
Portraits in Jazz Clouds 00:04:43

Jakob Høyer, instrumentalist - Anders Christensen, instrumentalist - Nikolaj Hess, Composer, MainArtist - Claus Waidtløw, MainArtist - Portraits in Jazz, MainArtist

2020 Waidtlow Music 2020 Waidtlow Music

5
Human
Shai Maestro Trio Human 00:02:33
6
Latin Dynamite
The Kevin Fingier Collective Latin Dynamite 00:02:50

Kevin Fingier, Composer - The Kevin Fingier Collective, MainArtist

2020 Acid Jazz Records 2020 Acid Jazz Records

7
Walking Dream
Niclas Knudsen Walking Dream 00:05:02

Anders Christensen, MainArtist - Kresten Osgood, MainArtist - Niclas Knudsen, Composer, MainArtist - Niclas Knudsen Trio, MainArtist

2020 AMM (Niclas Knudsen Trio) 2020 AMM (Niclas Knudsen Trio)

8
Acacia
Randy Kerber Y Pati 00:03:01

Randy Kerber, Composer, MainArtist - Jowee Omicil, Composer, MainArtist

2020 Komos 2020 Komos

9
No Quiero Seguir Así
Enrique Rodríguez & The Negra Chiway Band Fase Liminal 00:03:35

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Enrique Rodríguez, Composer - Enrique Rodríguez & The Negra Chiway Band, MainArtist

2020 Enrique Rodríguez 2020 Copyright Control

10
Petit_a (Live from Studio 2, Abbey Road Studios, London / 2020)
GoGo Penguin Live from Studio 2 00:04:12

Norman Nitzsche, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Blacka, Composer, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Turner, Composer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - GoGo Penguin, MainArtist - Chris Illingworth, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Reiser, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Decca Records France

11
Headdress
Nels Cline Share The Wealth 00:05:23

Trevor Dunn, Bass, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Nels Cline, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Thomas Dimuzio, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cyro Baptista, Percussion, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Amendola, Drums, Percussion, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Nolan Thies, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eli Crews, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Marsella, Organ, Hammond Organ, Piano, Bass, Synthesizer, Melodica, Rhodes , Toy Piano, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - The Nels Cline Singers, MainArtist - Eric Walton, Tenor Saxophone, Programming, AssociatedPerformer

Blue Note Records; ℗ 2020 Memorize and Destroy, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Dinner Plate, Diner Dish
MIYUMI Project Best of the MIYUMI Project 00:04:43

Tatsu Aoki, Composer, Writer - MIYUMI Project, MainArtist

© 2020 FPE Records ℗ 2020 FPE Records

13
Wonderful
Gretchen Parlato Wonderful 00:06:02

John Davis, Engineer - Felipe Tichauer, MasteringEngineer - Helik Hadar, MixingEngineer - Gerald Clayton, FeaturedArtist - Lynne Earls, AdditionalEngineer - Gretchen Parlato, Composer, Producer, Arranger, MainArtist - Marcel Camargo, Arranger, CoProducer - Mark Guiliana, FeaturedArtist - Leo Costa, Arranger, AdditionalEngineer, CoProducer - Artyom Manukyan, Arranger - Alex Conroy, AssistantEngineer

(C) 2021 Edition Records (P) 2021 Edition Records

14
Quest For Coin II
Ezra Collective Quest for Coin II 00:02:56

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Swindle, MainArtist - JME , MainArtist - Eric Lau, MixingEngineer - C.palmer, Composer - BMG, MusicPublisher - J.Adenuga, Composer - Ezra Collective, MainArtist - Luke Farnell, StudioPersonnel - Ricky Damian, RecordingEngineer - T.Koleoso, Composer - O.Koleoso, Composer - J.Mollison, Composer - J.Armon-Jones, Composer - I.Ogunjobi, Composer

(C) 2020 Enter the Jungle (P) 2020 Enter The Jungle

15
Downtown
Yellowjackets Jackets XL 00:06:30

Vince Mendoza, Arranger - Russell Ferrante, Composer - Yellowjackets, MainArtist - BOB MINTZER, Producer, MusicDirector - Joachim Becker, Producer - Christian Schmitt, Producer, StudioProducer - Marko Schneider, MasteringEngineer - Wdr Big Band, MainArtist - Walter Platte, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Claudia Brede, ProductionCoordinator - Jannis Lehnert, AssistantEngineer

(C) 2020 Westdeutscher Rundfunk Cologne; Licensed by WDR mediagroup GmbH under exclusive worldwide license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2020 Westdeutscher Rundfunk Cologne; Licensed by WDR mediagroup GmbH under exclusive worldwide license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC.

16
Turn On The Lights
Jamie Cullum The Pianoman at Christmas 00:04:14

Greg Wells, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Thompson, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Kamminga, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Worsey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Frost, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Everton Nelson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Gibson, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Howard Mcgill, Flute, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Owen Slade, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Williams, Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Alto Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Dudman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Graeme Blevins, Flute, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Rees-Roberts, Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Piggot-Smith, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Kate Musker, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Rita Manning, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Bissill, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Marianne Haynes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Isaac, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Walsh, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Booth, Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Max Baillie, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jamie Cullum, Producer, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Trevor Mires, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Bozidar Vukotic, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Reiad Chibah, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - John Mills, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hugh Webb, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Savage, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Price, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Laurence Davies, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Julia Knight, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Nichol Thomson, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Natalia Bonner, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Mills, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kate Robinson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Woollard, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Stuart, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Richards, Producer, Bells, Tambourine, Trumpet, Saxophones, Conductor/Piano, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ross Stanley, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Bhattacharya, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rory Simmons, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Beatrix Lovejoy, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Claire McInerney, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Naomi Miller, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gianluca Massimo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ciaran McCabe, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Buckton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Lydia Lowndes-Northcott, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Alastair White, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Brad Webb, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ann Beilby, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Dowdeswell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Dorina Markoff, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher James Parker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Loz Garrett, Electric Bass, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Shanna Goodhead, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Aisha Stuart, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexei Watkins, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Stacey Richard Watton, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Denholm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

An Island Records recording; ℗ 2020 Jamie Cullum, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited

17
Stella by Starlight
Eric Reed For Such a Time as This 00:03:51

Christopher Allen, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Talley Sherwood, RecordingEngineer - Eric Reed, Composer, MainArtist - Damon Smith, Producer - Paul Stache, Producer

(C) 2020 Smoke Sessions Records (P) 2020 Smoke Sessions Records

18
Rising Over You
Chris Potter Rising Over You 00:05:40

Chris Potter, Composer, MainArtist - Chris Allen, MixingEngineer - Huntley Miller, MasteringEngineer

(C) 2020 Edition Records (P) 2020 Edition Records

19
Call For Love
Mac Blackout Love Profess 00:02:30

Mac Blackout, MainArtist

2020 Trouble In Mind Records, LLC. All rights reserved 2020 Trouble In Mind Records, LLC. All rights reserved

20
We Look to Anni (She Knows)
Thor Harris With Anni Rossi 00:03:54

Craig Ross, Mixer - Shahzad Ismaily, MainArtist - Thor Harris, Producer, MainArtist

2020 Joyful Noise Recordings & Thor Harris 2020 Joyful Noise Recordings & Thor Harris

21
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
Antonin Fresson Le Bex'tet 'Round Rock 00:04:11

Traditional, Composer - Emmanuel Bex, MainArtist - Antonin Fresson, MainArtist - Tristan Bex, MainArtist

2020 Le triton 2020 Le triton

22
Peri's Scope
Alain Jean-Marie Interplay - The Music of Bill Evans 00:02:33

Bill Evans, Composer - Alain Jean-Marie, MainArtist - Diego imbert, MainArtist

2020 Trebim Music 2020 Trebim Music

23
Sunset In The Blue
Melody Gardot Sunset In The Blue 00:04:32

Cliff Masterson, Conductor, Strings Conductor - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Rhodes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jesse Harris, ComposerLyricist - Al Schmitt, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LARRY KLEIN, Producer - Steve Genewick, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ivy Skoff, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Anthony Wilson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Melody Gardot, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Leftwich, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Chandler Harrod, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stan Neff, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gabe Burch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bastien Lozier, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cyril Leclercq, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

24
More?
Joel Ross Who Are You? 00:04:13

Dave Darlington, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Walter Smith III, Producer - Jonathan Hill, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joel Ross, Composer, Producer, Vibraphone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Corren, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Immanuel Wilkins, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Rostkowski, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeremy Dutton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Shane Patterson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kanoa Mendenhall, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Diego Rodoni, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

Blue Note Records; ℗ 2020 UMG Recordings, Inc.

25
Sea of Darkness / Darkness
Sun Ra Arkestra Sea of Darkness / Darkness 00:05:15

Sun Ra, Composer, Lyricist - Marshall Allen, Producer - Enterplanetary Koncepts (BMI), MusicPublisher - Sun Ra Arkestra, MainArtist - Jim Hamilton, Producer

2020 Strut Records - a division of K7 Music GmbH 2020 Strut Records - a division of K7 Music GmbH

26
Last Words (Alternate Version)
GoGo Penguin Last Words / Fanfares (Alternate Versions) 00:03:09

Rob Turner, Composer - Grant Russell, Composer - Phoenix Music International, MusicPublisher - GoGo Penguin, MainArtist - Chris Illingworth, Composer

2020 Gondwana Records 2020 Gondwana Records

27
Part VII (Live)
Keith Jarrett Budapest Concert 00:05:24

Keith Jarrett, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Martin Pearson, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

28
Off the Record
Mary Halvorson Code Girl 00:05:36

Mary Halvorson, MainArtist - Mary Halvorson BMI, MusicPublisher

(C) 2018 Mary Halvorson and Firehouse 12 Records (P) 2018 Mary Halvorson and Firehouse 12 Records

29
Canopy
Steph Richards Supersense 00:03:41

Jason Moran, Composer - Stomu Takeishi, Composer - Stephanie Richards, Composer - Northern Spy, MusicPublisher - Kenny Wolleson, Composer - Steph Richards, MainArtist

2020 Northern Spy 2020 Northern Spy

30
Now
MIYUMI Project Now 00:12:37

Tatsu Aoki, Composer, Writer - MIYUMI Project, MainArtist

© 2020 FPE Records ℗ 2020 FPE Records

31
Friendship Samba
Azymuth Azymuth JID004 00:05:20

Ali Shaheed Muhammad, MainArtist - Azymuth, MainArtist - Adrian Younge, MainArtist - Azymuth, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Adrian Younge, Artist

2020 Jazz is Dead 2020 Jazz is Dead

32
Sunsets Forever
Junk Magic Compass Confusion 00:05:31

Craig Taborn, Composer, Producer - Junk Magic, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Pyroclastic Records (P) 2020 Pyroclastic Records

33
Séance
Nimbus Sextet Dreams Fulfilled 00:05:35

Joe Nichols, Composer - Alex Palmer, Composer - Nimbus Sextet, MainArtist - Mischa Stevens, Composer - Manuel Brazuna, Composer

2020 Acid Jazz Records 2020 Acid Jazz Records

34
Memories
Nesrine Nesrine 00:03:36

Fab Dupont, Mixer, Mastering Engineer - Nesrine Belmokh, Composer, Lyricist - Swaeli Mbappe, Bass - Nesrine, Producer, Cello, Vocals, Artist, MainArtist - Leïla Guinoun, Backing Vocals - ACT Music Publishing e.K., MusicPublisher - David Gadea, Percussion - Vincent Huma, Producer, Guitar - Imène Belmokh, Backing Vocals - Manel Belmokh, Backing Vocals

2020 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG 2020 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG

35
Wichita Lineman
Fred Hersch Wichita Lineman 00:05:50

Jimmy Webb, Composer - Fred Hersch, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Palmetto Records (P) 2020 Palmetto Records

36
Beirut (Duo Version)
Ibrahim Maalouf 40 Melodies 00:04:37

Ibrahim Maalouf, Composer, MainArtist

2020 MISTER IBÉ 2020 MISTER IBÉ

37
Palladium
Bireli Lagrene Palladium 00:08:15

Wayne Shorter, Composer - Biréli Lagrène, MainArtist - Pierre Drevet, Arranger - Charlier/Sourisse, MainArtist

2020 Naïve 2020 Naïve

38
Máscaras Blues
Tino Contreras La Noche de los Dioses 00:04:28

Tino Contreras, Composer, MainArtist - Brownswood Recordings, MusicPublisher

2020 Brownswood Recordings 2020 Brownswood Recordings

39
September Morn
Till Brönner On Vacation 00:04:11

Harvey Mason, Drums - Neil Diamond, Composer - Gilbert Becaud, Composer - BOB JAMES, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Till Brönner, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arne Schumann, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Yuri Goloubev, Acoustic Bass - Julien Gauthier, Assistant Engineer - Götz-Michael Rieth, Mastering Engineer - Daniel Cayotte, Assistant Engineer - Michael Kümper, Assistant Engineer - Till Brönner & Bob James, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2020 Till Brönner under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

40
HOW CAN WE MEND A BROKEN HEART
Kahil El'Zabar Kahil El’Zabar’s America the Beautiful 00:04:09

Barry Gibb, Composer, MusicPublisher - Robin Gibb, Composer, MusicPublisher - Kahil El'Zabar, MainArtist

2020 Spiritmuse Records 2020 Barry Gibb / Robbie Gibb

41
Law of Attraction
Mike Casey Law of Attraction 00:04:22

Michael Casey, ComposerLyricist - Mike Casey, Producer, MainArtist - Hugh Harsher, Engineer - Ron Warburg, Engineer - Jared Warsoff, Engineer - Roy Boukris, Engineer

2020 Mike Casey 2020 Mike Casey

42
Melody
Tom Oren Dorly’s Song 00:03:54

Barak Mori, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eviatar Slivnik, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Oren, Producer, Arranger, Piano, Recording Producer, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yuval Segal, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dorly Oren Chazon, Composer

℗ 2020 Concord Records, Distributed by Concord.

43
Walk
Antoine Berjeaut Walk 00:06:19

Csaba Palotai, AssociatedPerformer - Enzo carniel, AssociatedPerformer - Arnaud Dolmen, AssociatedPerformer - Antoine Berjeaut, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - ISC, MusicPublisher - Alter-K, MusicPublisher - Gauthier Toux, AssociatedPerformer

2020 Composed by Antoine Berjeaut 2020 Antoine Berjeaut l MENACE

44
Pinball Number Count
Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra A Swingin' Sesame Street Celebration 00:02:45

The Count, FeaturedArtist - Wynton Marsalis, Producer, MainArtist - Ed Bogas, Composer - Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, MainArtist - Walt Kramer, Composer

(C) 2020 Jazz at Lincoln Center, Inc. (P) 2020 Jazz at Lincoln Center, Inc.

45
Darling
Ben Wendel High Heart 00:05:52

Nate Wood, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Ben Wendel, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Edition Records (P) 2020 Edition Records

46
Capetown (Live)
Angel Bat Dawid LIVE 00:00:25

Angel Bat Dawid, Composer, MainArtist - International Anthem Publishing, MusicPublisher - Tha Brothahood, MainArtist

2020 International Anthem LLC 2020 International Anthem Publishing

47
Follow The Mantis
King Khan The Infinite Ones 00:04:43

King Khan, MainArtist - A.A. Khan, Composer

(C) 2020 Khannibalism (P) 2020 Khannibalism/EJRC

48
Memories
Nesrine Nesrine 00:03:36

Fab Dupont, Mixer, Mastering Engineer - Nesrine Belmokh, Composer, Lyricist - Swaeli Mbappe, Bass - Nesrine, Producer, Cello, Vocals, Artist, MainArtist - Leïla Guinoun, Backing Vocals - ACT Music Publishing e.K., MusicPublisher - David Gadea, Percussion - Vincent Huma, Producer, Guitar - Imène Belmokh, Backing Vocals - Manel Belmokh, Backing Vocals

2020 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG 2020 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG

49
Punk
Josh Johnson Freedom Exercise 00:02:28

Josh Johnson, Composer, MainArtist - Northern Spy, MusicPublisher

2020 Northern Spy 2020 Northern Spy

50
My Kind Of Boy (Live)
Ella Fitzgerald Ella: The Lost Berlin Tapes 00:02:59

Leslie Bricusse, ComposerLyricist - Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Reeves, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stan Levey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Smith, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Gregg Field, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Wilfred Middlebrooks, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Ken Druker, Producer - The Staff at Berlin Sportpalast, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Verve Records / UMe release; ℗ 2020 UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Listen to the latest Jazz releases, with selections from Gary Bartz, Joe Lovano, Snowpoet, Portraits in Jazz, Shai Maestro Trio, and more. Last Updated: 01/04/21

John Scofield - The Unceasing Jazz Scholar

by Robert Baird

Whether playing straight jazz or working in a more soulful idiom, the work of John Scofield continues to make the jazz guitar an instrument of infinite possibility.

Rooted in blues, gospel and R&B and fortified by the Hammond B-3 organ, soul jazz blended jazz improvisation with accessible rhythms. As soul music from labels like StaxAtlantic and Motown crossed over to larger and larger audiences, performers like trumpeter Donald Byrd, tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson and alto saxophone player Julius "Cannonball" Adderley took notice and began incorporating it in their recordings, which were tastefully funky and transformed jazz into dance music for the first time since the big bands. Criticized by the same predictable jazz snobs who consider jazz-rock fusion to be heresy, soul jazz was slagged for being too pop, too easy to relate to—damning evidence of a sell out. However, when you listen to the tasty fills and the way Scofield's grooves drive the proceedings on solo albums like 1993's Hand Jive, 1995's Groove Elation, 1998's A Go Go (with Medeski, Martin & Wood) and 2003's Up All Night, it's clear that soul music speaks to Scofield and what he wants to say as an artist. Not surprisingly, the guitarist disputes the contention that soul jazz is overly simple, and so somehow less important than bebop or more complex jazz. 

"I'm very proud of that work. I used to go hear those guys play live and I loved [organist] Jimmy Smith. And [tenor saxophone player] Stanley Turrentine—it seemed like it just couldn't get better than that!" says Scofield. "When you hear Les McCann and Eddie Harris on Swiss Movement; When you hear the best Weather Report shit; When you hear Miles play over a groove like that. And Herbie's Headhunters! Without using the 'J' word, there is some very deep stuff there that you can't categorize as anything other than great, improvised groove music. If you're not going to call it jazz, what the fuck are you going to call it? Because if it wasn't for jazz, that music wouldn't exist."

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