Instead, he chose MMW and told me that he would record with the other guys at a later date. The one with MMW would be funk, a change from what he's done before. "And change is good," he told me. On a first listen, Scofield was right. This is some really hard swinging, funky, on the beat music. The sounds blend together really well, although Martin's B-3 sound reminds me of Larry Goldings. But then again, the fat funky B-3 sound is now starting to become Scofield's signature sound.
The first two songs come straight off into a heavy funk-rock beat (notice the absence of the word 'jazz' here), with great interaction between the players. MMW strikes me as a more mature band despite their young age. As the first song started playing from my CD player, I had the weirdest feeling thinking that it was Pat Metheny playing. The melody just reminded me of the all-too-familiar metheny-esque lyricism. But then Scofield dives right into the signature distorted sound and I snapped back into reality. All in all, this sounds like a more energetic version of Scofield's "groovelation" album, with Dennis Chambers on drums. They settled into a more rock-based beat, unlike Bill Stewart's canny jazz shuffles. Without the big band from "groovelation", of course.
I've decided not to go to too much detail on this album and take all the fun and excitement away from you. It does have several songs where Scofield picks up the acoustic guitar for some chord playing, but no acoustic solo yet. As usual, Scofield is not your typical jazz, but as he said himself, "change is good."