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Listen to the latest Jazz releases, with selections from Bill Frisell, Ezra Collective, Snarky Puppy, Gregory Porter, Sun Ra, Adam Blackstone feat. Jazmine Sullivan, The Bad Plus, Norah Jones, Makaya McCraven, Chick Corea New Trio, Laurent Coulondre, The Comet Is Coming, Charles Lloyd, Yaron Herman, Masako Ohta, Wolfert Brederode, Rémi Panossian Trio, Connie...

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Title Artist Album Duration
1
Waltz for Hal Willner
Bill Frisell Four 00:02:47
2
Ego Killah
Ezra Collective Where I'm Meant To Be 00:05:55
3
Fuel City
Snarky Puppy Empire Central 00:04:52

Dave McNair, MasteringEngineer - Michael Harrison, Engineer - Nic Hard, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Snarky Puppy, Producer, Arranger, MainArtist, CoProducer - Michael League, Producer, Arranger, StudioProducer, AssistantEngineer - Bill Laurance, Composer, Arranger - Matt Recchia, Engineer - Bill Laurance Music, MusicPublisher - Shakthi Prasad KT, AssistantEngineer - Skyler Childress, AssistantEngineer - Rosanna Freedman, ProductionManager

(C) 2022 GroundUP Music LLC (P) 2022 GroundUP Music LLC

5
Tapestry From An Asteroid
Sun Ra The Futuristic Sounds Of Sun Ra 00:03:02

Pat Patrick, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Sun Ra, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Willie Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marshall Allen, Flute, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Bernard McKinney, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - John Gilmore, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Boykins, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Herman Lubinsky, Producer, Recording Producer - Paul Blakemore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leah Ananda, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cady, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Craft Recordings.

6
'Round Midnight
Adam Blackstone Legacy 00:04:12

Adam Blackstone, Producer, MainArtist - Jazmine Sullivan, MainArtist - Thelonious Monk, ComposerLyricist - James Poyser, Producer - Bernard Hanighen, ComposerLyricist - Charles Williams, ComposerLyricist

2022 BASSic Black Entertainment Records / Anderson Music Group / EMPIRE 2022 BASSic Black Entertainment Records / Anderson Music Group / EMPIRE

7
Motivations II
The Bad Plus The Bad Plus 00:05:26

The Bad Plus, MainArtist - Reid Anderson, Composer - Huntley Miller, MasteringEngineer - Brett Bullion, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Evan Bakke, RecordingEngineer

(C) 2022 Edition Records (P) 2022 Edition Records

8
Muzzle of Bees (From “Norah Jones is Playing Along” Podcast)
Norah Jones Muzzle of Bees 00:04:11

Jeff Tweedy, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jim O'Rourke, ComposerLyricist - Norah Jones, Producer, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Marinelli, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeffrey Scot Tweedy, ComposerLyricist - Alex Deturk, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Tobler, Additional Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Landry, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Capitol Records, LLC

9
Fort Worth
Various Artists Blue Note Re:imagined II 00:05:42

Joe Lovano, Composer - Matt Mysko, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Adamson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Giles Barrett, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Binker Golding, Producer, Tenor Saxophone, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Prash "Engine-Earz" Mistry, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Max Luthert, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jamie Murray, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Tandy, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

10
On a Clear Day (Live)
Oscar Peterson On a Clear Day 00:06:15

Alan Jay Lerner, Composer - Burton Lane, Composer - Oscar Peterson, MainArtist - Chappell & Co (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Heinz Wehrle, ProductionManager - Blaise Favre, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Kelly Peterson, Producer - Rolf Bormann, SoundRecordist

(C) 1971 SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen under exclusive worldwide license from Two Lions Records to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 1971 SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen under exclusive worldwide license from Two Lions Records to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

11
I Loves You Porgy
Michael Wollny Ghosts 00:03:52

George Gershwin, Composer - Darius van Helfteren, Mastering Engineer - Guy Sternberg, Producer, Mixer, Sound Engineer - Michael Wollny, Producer, Piano, Artist, MainArtist - Eric Schaefer, Drums, MainArtist, with - Tim Lefebvre, Bass, MainArtist, with - Chappell Co Inc, MusicPublisher - Andreas Brandis, Producer

2022 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG 2022 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG

12
Erased by Sunlight
GoGo Penguin Erased by Sunlight 00:04:35

Jon Scott, Composer - Norman Nitzsche, Mastering Engineer - Nick Blacka, Composer - Katie May, Assistant Engineer - GoGo Penguin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Illingworth, Composer - Joseph Reiser, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Brendan Williams, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2022 Gogo Penguin, under exclusive license to XXIM Records, a label of Sony Music Entertainment

13
Part VIII (Live)
Keith Jarrett Bordeaux Concert 00:05:17

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

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

14
Goodbye (Again)
Matt Block Strange Harbors 00:04:22

Kevin Reeves, MasteringEngineer - Matt Block, MainArtist - Meadowbank Music, MusicPublisher - Charles Van Kirk, MixingEngineer - Martina Dasilva, MainArtist - Matthew Block, Composer - Christian Li, MusicArranger - Morton Block, MainArtist

(C) 2022 La Reserve Records, LLC (P) 2022 La Reserve Records, LLC

15
Remember Begum Rokheya
Sarathy Korwar Remember Begum Rokheya 00:04:10

Photay, FeaturedArtist - Sarathy Korwar, Composer, MainArtist - Evan Shornstein, Composer - Metropolis Songs Ltd., MusicPublisher - Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc. obo E. Shorn (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

2022 The Leaf Label Ltd 2022 Metropolis Songs Ltd|Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc. obo E. Shorn (ASCAP)

16
Ekpe
Camilla George Ibio-Ibio 00:05:42

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Daniel Casimir, Composer, Producer - Tom Harrison, Composer, Producer - Camilla George, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

2022 Ever Records A Division Of K7 Music GmbH 2022 Ever Records

17
Trio
Dieter Ilg Ravel 00:06:56

Adrian von Ripka, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Sound Engineer - Patrice Héral, Drums, MainArtist, with - Dieter Ilg, Composer, Producer, Bass, Artist, MainArtist - Rainer Böhm, Piano, MainArtist, with - ACT Music Publishing e.K., MusicPublisher

2022 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG 2022 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG

18
Soultrane
Marek Konarski Konarski & Standards 00:06:29

Tadd Dameron, Composer - Marek Konarski, MainArtist

2022 AMM 2022 AMM

19
Aquarius
Julie Campiche Quartet Aquarius 00:10:13

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Clemens Kuratle, Drums - Julie Campiche, Composer, Harp, Artist, MainArtist - Manu Hagmann, Bass - Leo Fumagalli, Saxophone - Julie Campiche Quartet, Artist, MainArtist

2022 enja yellowbird 2022 enja yellowbird

20
Alpha
Esbjörn Svensson Trio Alpha 00:04:01

Åke Linton, Mastering Engineer - Esbjörn Svensson, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Sound Engineer, Piano, Artist, MainArtist - Eva Svensson, Mastering Engineer - Classe Persson, Mastering Engineer - ACT Music Publishing e.K., MusicPublisher

2022 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG under exclusive licence by Bam & Bat AB 2022 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG under exclusive licence by Bam & Bat AB

21
Better Get Hit in Your Soul
Conrad Herwig The Latin Side of Mingus 00:08:50

Randy Brecker, Contributor, Trumpet - Charles Mingus, Composer - Conrad Herwig, Producer, Trombone, MainArtist - Alex Sipiagin, Contributor, Trumpet - Bill O'Connell, Arranger, Contributor, Piano - Luques Curtis, Contributor, DoubleBass - Craig Handy, Contributor, TenorSaxophone - David Darlington, MasteringEngineer - Robby Ameen, Contributor, Drums - Camilo Molina, Contributor, Congas - Chris Sulit, RecordingEngineer

2022 Savant Records, Inc. 2022 Savant Records, Inc.

22
Partly Clouded
Kristjan Randalu Sisu 00:06:47

Kristjan Randalu, Composer, MainArtist - Whirlwind Recordings, MusicPublisher - New Wind Jazz Orchestra, MainArtist

Whirlwind Recordings 2022 Whirlwind Recordings 2022 (Under Exclusive License from Kristjan Randalu)

23
The Fours
Makaya McCraven In These Times 00:03:26

Dave Cooley, MasteringEngineer - Brandee Younger, Harp - De'Sean Jones, Flute, RecordingEngineer - Marquis Hill, Trumpet - Macie Stewart, Violin - Dave Vettraino, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Makaya McCraven, Producer, Drums, Writer, Samples, Hand Clap, MainArtist, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Junius Paul, Double Bass - Matt Gold, Guitar - Zara Zaharieva, Violin - Greg Spero, Piano - Irvin Pierce, Tenor Saxophone - Lia Kohl, Cello - Marta Sofia Honer, Viola - Najee-Zaid Searcy, RecordingEngineer

© 2022 International Anthem Recording Co., distributed in North & South America by Nonesuch Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2022 International Anthem Recording Co., under license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

24
Fingerprints (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 2001)
Chick Corea Chick Corea: The Montreux Years 00:07:51

CHICK COREA, Composer, Piano - Avishai Cohen, Bass - Jeff Ballard, Drums - Chick Corea New Trio, MainArtist

© 2022 BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2022 Montreux Sounds under exclusive license to Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

25
Memoria (Part I)
Laurent Coulondre Meva Festa 00:04:03

Stéphane Guillaume, MainArtist - Jeremy Bruyere, MainArtist - Laurent Coulondre, Composer, MainArtist - Adriano Dos Santos Tenorio, MainArtist - André Cecarellli, MainArtist - Laura Dausse, Composer

2022 New World Production 2022 New World Production

26
FREQUENCY OF FEELING EXPANSION
The Comet Is Coming Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam 00:04:31

Kristian Craig Robinson, Producer, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Betamax, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Comet Is Coming, MainArtist - Danalogue, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - King Shabaka, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

27
Hagar of the Inuits (Live)
Charles Lloyd Trios: Ocean 00:08:53

Charles Lloyd, Producer, Alto Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dom Camardella, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony Wilson, Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gerald Clayton, Piano, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Gray, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe Harley, Producer, Sound Supervisor - Dorothy Darr, Producer

℗ 2022 Charles Lloyd

28
Song Without Words
Yaron Herman Song Without Words 00:03:20

Yaron Herman, Composer, Musician, MainArtist

2022 Y-Lab 2022 Y-Lab

29
Trudelutt
Masako Ohta MMMMH 00:05:03

Martin Brugger, Producer - Matthias Lindermayr, Composer, Trumpet, MainArtist - Martin Ruch, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Masako Ohta, Piano, MainArtist

2022 Squama 2022 Squama

30
Nothing for granted
Wolfert Brederode Ruins and Remains 00:05:17

Manfred Eicher, Producer - Wolfert Brederode, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Matangi Quartet, MainArtist - Maria-Paula Majoor , Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Torrico Menacho, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Karsten Kleijer, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Arno van der Vuurst, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Joost Lijbaart, Drums, Percussion, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

31
Paino
Rémi Panossian Trio Paino 00:04:21

Rémi Panossian Trio, MainArtist - Rémi Panossian, Composer - Maxime Delporte, Composer - Frédéric Petitprez, Composer

2022 REGARTS 2022 REGARTS

32
Young Moon
Connie Han Secrets of Inanna 00:05:50

Chris Allen, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Bill Wysaske, Producer - Connie Han, Composer, MainArtist - Steven Sacco, AssistantEngineer - KhanTones Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2022 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

33
Gnawen
Kham Meslien Fantômes... Futurs 00:04:37

Nicolas Baillard, MasteringEngineer - Nicolas Houssin, MixingEngineer - Kham Meslien, Composer, MainArtist, DoubleBass

2022 Heavenly Sweetness 2022 Heavenly Sweetness

34
Rose in Abstract (Portico Quartet Remix)
Balmorhea Rose In Abstract 00:05:01

Clarice Jensen, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Portico Quartet, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Saxophone, Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Lowe, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lisa Morgenstern, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Götz-Michael Rieth, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Morris Kliphuis, French Horn, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Balmorhea, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Jonathan Low, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Antonio Pulli, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael A. Muller, Electric Guitar, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jonny Zoum, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Miche Moreno, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Balmorhea Music LLC

35
Repeat/Tones
Prehistöricos Repeat/Tones 00:05:53

Prehistöricos, Artist, MainArtist

2022 tuff 2022 tuff

36
Bird Cherry Tree
Emil Brandqvist Three Songs Part II 00:04:16

Emil Brandqvist, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Joona Toivanen, Piano - Fredrik Gicken Johansson, Lap Steel Guitar - Skip Sounds, MusicPublisher - Gustav Svedung, Vocals - Hans Ollson, Mastering Engineer

2022 SKIP RECORDS 2022 SKIP RECORDS

37
My Love Will Come Again
Emmet Cohen My Love Will Come Again 00:05:36

Todd Whitelock, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Mark Wilder, MasteringEngineer - Kyle Poole, Producer - Emmet Cohen, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Eco System (BMI), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2022 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

38
Fragt
Svaneborg Kardyb Over Tage 00:04:57
39
With (Exit)
Angelica Sanchez Sparkle Beings 00:05:12

Cecil Taylor, Composer - Angelica Sanchez, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

2022 Sunnyside Communications 2022 Sunnyside Communications

40
You and the Night and the Music
Jean-Pierre Como My Days in Copenhagen 00:06:16

Arthur Schwartz, Composer - Thomas Vang, RecordingEngineer - Jean-pierre Como, Piano, MainArtist - Niclas Campagnol, Drums, MainArtist - Michel Geiss, MasteringEngineer - Thomas Fonnesbæk, MainArtist, DoubleBass

2022 Ame Soeur Production under exclusive licence to Bonsaï Music 2022 Ame Soeur Production under exclusive licence to Bonsaï Music

41
Moonwalker
Noah Fürbringer Moonwalker 00:02:54

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - David Knevels, Composer - Noah Fürbringer, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - André Haaf, Composer

2022 Kryptox 2022 Kryptox

42
Transformation
Pamina Beroff Unfolding 00:03:58

Eric Legnini, FeaturedArtist - Pamina Beroff, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Mark Priore, Composer

2022 STAR PROD 2022 STAR PROD

43
Slavic Spirits
Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet Spirit to All 00:06:51

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Wojtek Mazolewski, Composer - Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet, MainArtist

Whirlwind Recordings 2022 Whirlwind Recordings 2022 (Under Exclusive License from Wojtek Mazolewski)

44
I. Variations on 2nd Impression
Thierry Eliez Emerson Enigma 00:03:34

Thierry Eliez, Composer, Piano, MainArtist - Keith Emerson, Composer - Ceilin Poggi, Producer - Julien Basseres, MixingEngineer, SoundEngineer

2022 Dood Music 2022 Dood Music & Doodah Production

45
There Was a Fire
Leo Sidran There Was a Fire 00:04:02

Ben Sidran, BackgroundVocals - Leo Sidran, Composer, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, MainArtist, MixingEngineer, BassGuitar, ElectricGuitar, LeadVocals - Peter Hess, Flute, Saxophone, BassClarinet - Oscar Zambrano, MasteringEngineer - John Sneider, Flugelhorn, Trumpet - Nina Zeitlin, BackgroundVocals - Mark Dover, Clarinet - Sol Sidran, BackgroundVocals

2022 ULM under exclusive license to Bonsai Music 2022 ULM under exclusive license to Bonsai Music

46
Knife In The Water
Benjamin Herman Knife In The Water 00:02:39

Benjamin Herman, Producer, MainArtist - Krzysztof Komeda, Composer

2022 Roach Records / Dox Records 2022 Roach Records / Dox Records

47
Heart Is A Drum
Julian Lage View With A Room 00:03:31

Dave King, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Julian Lage, Arranger, Electric Guitar, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rachel Jones, A&R - Jorge Roeder, Acoustic Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Goodell, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Margaret Glaspy, Producer - Traci Fuller, A&R Admin - Amon Drum, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Tock, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Urosh Jovanovich, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

48
Lazy Bird (Alternate Take 2)
John Coltrane Blue Train: The Complete Masters 00:07:28

John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Paul Chambers, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Morgan, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Philly Joe Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Drew, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Curtis Fuller, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Capitol Records, LLC

49
People’s Revolution
Henry Franklin Henry Franklin, Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad 00:04:11

Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Composer, MainArtist - Henry Franklin, Composer, MainArtist - Adrian Younge, Composer, MainArtist - Linear Labs Crew GMR, Muhammad My Man GMR, MusicPublisher

2022 Jazz Is Dead 2022 Linear Labs Crew GMR, Muhammad My Man GMR

50
Erlkönig
Michael Wollny Erlkönig 00:02:45

Franz Schubert, Composer - Darius van Helfteren, Mastering Engineer - Guy Sternberg, Producer, Mixer, Sound Engineer - Michael Wollny, Producer, Arranger, Piano, Artist, MainArtist - Eric Schaefer, Drums, MainArtist, with - Tim Lefebvre, Bass, MainArtist, with - ACT Music Publishing e.K., MusicPublisher - Andreas Brandis, Producer

2022 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG 2022 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG

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Listen to the latest Jazz releases, with selections from Bill Frisell, Ezra Collective, Snarky Puppy, Gregory Porter, Sun Ra, Adam Blackstone feat. Jazmine Sullivan, The Bad Plus, Norah Jones, Makaya McCraven, Chick Corea New Trio, Laurent Coulondre, The Comet Is Coming, Charles Lloyd, Yaron Herman, Masako Ohta, Wolfert Brederode, Rémi Panossian Trio, Connie Han, Julian Lage, John Coltrane, and more. Last Updated: 09/30/22

Photo: DoomCannon © Denisha Anderson

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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