John Scofield Uberband: Live At Berklee

Written by Patrick Jarenwattananon from WGBH Radio

The eclectic electric guitarist John Scofield left Berklee College of Music about 40 years ago to perform with Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan. Since then, he’s found wide success throughout the jazz community, with Miles Davis’ band for one, and as a standard bearer of modern jazz-rock. Scofield’s 2002 album Uberjam merged his cutting guitar with raucous electronic-infused rhythms; Berklee welcomed him back to perform that music. The Uberband quartet plays as part of Boston’s citywide First Night celebration, where its leader announced that a second “Uber” album is on the way.

Set List

All compositions by John Scofield.

  • “Thikithali”
  • “Snap Crackle Pop”
  • “Ideofunk”
  • “Jungle Fiction”
  • “Boogie Stupid”
  • “Cracked Ice”
  • “Dubdub”
  • “Bunga”
  • “I Brake 4 Monster Booty”
  • John Scofield, guitar
  • Avi Bortnick, rhythm guitar/sampling
  • Andy Hess, bass
  • Louis Cato, drums

Antonio Oliart, recording engineers; Will Roselip, onstage audio; Gary Mott, producer; Thomas Devlin, operations supervisor; Chika Offurum, marketing; Phil Redo, executive producer, WGBH. Recorded at Berklee Performance Center, Boston, Dec. 31, 2012. Special thanks to Rob Hayes and the Berklee College of Music.

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