High and Mighty

This one comes from John Scofield’s album Still Warm, part of his run of funky releases on Gramavision in the 1980s.  He is backed by impeccable studio musicians in Don Grolnick, Darryl Jones and Omar Hakim, who are mostly content to lay down funky grooves and let John’s guitar take the spotlight.  The compositions on Still Warm lean more to the pop side of the jazz spectrum, and wouldn’t sound out of place on a record of Joe Zawinul or Yellowjackets outtakes.

An interesting aspect of this tune is that Omar ignores the bar of 6/4 at the end of the bridge, effectively turning his backbeat into a “frontbeat” for the last A section.

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