Influential guitarist John Scofield brought in his quartet, this time with his age-old saxophone friend, Joe Lovano. The show was in the new, roomy, clean-lined Palo Alto Oshman Family JCC. They ran through almost two hours of modern work, no intermission. The two artists played together well, providing the audience several duets. The performance work of the quartet was well organized and together.
The first half of the show was a lot of interpretive work, with little the audience would see as classical songbook lines. Pieces included “Symbolism” by Lovano, “Slinky” and “Mr Puffy” from their Past Present recording, and “Ten Taken” by Scofield. Later in the show were a couple of pieces smoother and less avant-garde. The name “Miles Davis” would suggest a lot about their material, and in fact they played “Budo” by Miles. Should you go to a show by them be advised, they play powerfully, with no shortage on the amplifiers.
Comments by the audience after the show included: “Scofield guitar solos were great.” “Later in the show he got into a blue mode. Very nice.” “Lovano can swing. It showed on his solos.” “Drummer was great! Loved his solos and technique.”