The last time guitarist John Scofield pulled his band into the studio to cut an album, the result was the 2002 funk-jazz monster Überjam, which earned a Grammy Award nomination.

The last time guitarist John Scofield pulled his band into the studio to cut an album, the result was the 2002 funk-jazz monster Überjam, which earned a Grammy Award nomination. Now, Scofield and his bandmates—Avi Bortnick, Andy Hess, and Adam Deitch —return with Up All Night, another terrifically imaginative jazz trip. Funk rhythms are dear to Scofield, and the last track on the CD, "Every Night Is Ladies Night," dips into that jazz-funk groove. The majority of the tunes, however, have a more edgy feel. And there's a fair amount of electronica involved, mainly from samples and signal processing. "Philiopiety," the opening track, buzzes with samples and sizzling, distorted guitars. "Thikhathali" cooks in an Afrobeat groove, while "Like the Moon" showcases Scofield's most pensive, lyrical, extended solo on the album.—PVV