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John Scofield - Uberjam Band lives up to it's reputation at Edinburgh Jazz Festival / Herald Scotland review

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The masters lived up to their reputations in this fascinating and contrasting double bill at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival that featured two of the great guitarists of the past thirty-plus years in groups that matched, supported and nurtured their virtuosity. John Scofield and Mike Stern are linked by having played with Miles Davis, in the same edition of the trumpeter's band, but even before that they had established their own, very distinctive voices, a term that grew in significance as the concert wore on.

In a group that set a determinedly relaxed pace Scofield pared his playing to the essence, crafting solos that were every bit as concerned with tonal exactness and variety as they were with perfection in note choices. Responding to the textures of rhythm guitarist Avi Bortnick's licks, flicks and samples, bassist Andy Hess's warm grooving and drummer Dennis Chambers' wonderfully understated expertise, this was to all intents and purposes blues singing of the highest order with a sunny side on the Caribbean-flavoured Dub Dub. Clearly defined, highly refined music with a sharp, spontaneous edge.

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