Friday, September 17, 2004

Sco's a Ho

I saw John Scofield Trio with Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart last night in Boston. Needless to say, i was beside myself and quite optimistic about the whole. Unfortunately, it was terrible. No, seriously. Really Bad. Very Boring. Depressing. Tear-Jerking. Evidently Sco does not feel the need to progress as a musician at all, staying not only within himself as a player, but also sticking to nauseatingly tradition format for all the tunes: guitar solo, bass solo, drum solo, trade 4s, head out. It was ridiculously unengaging on all levels. I think his playing has actually gone down in the last five or so years. He apparently has no idea what is going on harmonically and just plain improvisationally in the music these days. Most of his ideas(when not basically diatonic 8th notes) consist of some kind of Sco-cliche or even just guitar cliche. Last night he was nothing more than a guitarist(even if a guitarist who invented his sound). Steve Swallow. I don't get it. There's nothing special about is playing and the blowing he did was eye-wateringly boring. Bill Stewart sounded good but after seeing Jeff Ballard less than a week before, i was hardly moved by his drummeresque playing. I am sadly disillissioned.

1 Comments:

Blogger Casper said...

Sorry to hear that the show wasn't up to snuff. I hate it when I go to a show only to find the artists phoning it in or (even worse) regressing. Fortunately, that hasn't happened to me in a while.

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