First off let's say who these excellent players are. The Scofield in the artist list is the legendary John Scofield. John Scofield is a Jazz guitar virtuoso, and has covered as much ground, and inspired as many advancing players as any other guitarist in Jazz history! Medeski, Martin and Wood are a trio of 12 years, who play some of the dirtiest, funkiest jazz on the market - all three are real virtuosi on their respective instruments, and they demonstrate an infinite capacity to swing their asses off while also being able to lay down thick, hypnotic grooves.
The first collaboration between these 4 artists was "A Go Go" released in 1998 (an absolute classic). This album eclipses the brilliance of its predecesor and raises the bar to potentially unreachable levels. This is inventive and satisfying music, played by a superb group on top form, who are clearly having a really great time.
This is one of the finest, funkiest offerings I have ever heard - these are four of the finest musicians in Jazz today. If the word Jazz puts you off, please don't worry, because this album mixes virtuosity, out-there improvisation, catchy hooks, and amazing groove in even measure! Even if you aren't into Jazz, you will tap your foot, swing your hips and nod your head like a fool to this GUARANTEED! From the first track, based on a simple blues riff from the 1950s, you will know that this is some of the tastiest playing you have heard in a long time. Personal favorites include the irresistable "Little Walter Rides Again", (which also wins my best title award) and the superb "In Case The World Changes its Mind", which features some fantastic lines played by distorted bass and guitar in unison, and best use of creepy harmonica of any album this year.
As a good friend of mine said upon hearing this for the first time - "These guys were made for each other. The groove is so damn deep you can't climb out!" She's right - I couldn't put it better myself.