Guitarist John Scofield is one of the rare few living jazz musicians who can boast membership in one of Miles Davis’ legendary bands. And he may well be the truest torch bearer of Davis’ electric fusion era.
In 2002, he released Überjam, a quartet record featuring electronic samples and loops, as well as some of his hardest-grooving compositions to day. Along with his work with Medeski, Martin and Wood, the project made him a fixture of the jam-jazz crossover scene. This year, he revived the project with rhythm guitarist Avi Bortnick, bassist Andy Hess and drummer Adam Deitch. Hence, Überjam Deux. As Scofield says, “If I were to tag a ‘concept’ for the band, it would be exploring different forms of groove music. We get into funk, Afrobeat, reggae, house music, R&B and a lot of what’s in between.”
John Scofield Überjam Band will play the College of Saint Rose’s Picotte Recital Hall (Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany) on Sunday (Sept. 15) at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $30. Call 337-4871 for more info.