OH!

Who needs a leader? For this one-off quartet of guitarist John Scofield, saxophonist Joe Lovano, bassist Dave Holland, and drummer Al Foster—hence ScoLoHoFo—the whole is at least as inte

Who needs a leader? For this one-off quartet of guitarist John Scofield, saxophonist Joe Lovano, bassist Dave Holland, and drummer Al Foster—hence ScoLoHoFo—the whole is at least as interesting as the sum of its parts. OH! finds each musician surrendering the limelight to an unending wave of communal ideas. While the compositions are somewhat similar in feel, the group has intuitively developed an intriguing sound defined by its members' playing styles, yet never hinging upon any one musician's individual input. When one musician steps forward, the parts of the supporting cast are equally captivating. Lovano's saxophone introduces the opening title track with a jaunty

figure that is soon complemented by Scofield's smooth harmony lines, then by an easy rhythm that allows the melodies to float comfortably above it. The rest of OH! follows with similar ebb and flow, pleasantly conversational and rich with sublime intrigue.—SG