A go go is the title track from guitar and jazz maestro, John Scofield’s album of the same name. In addition to John the album features John Medeski on organ, Wurlitzer, Clavi and piano, Chris Wood on bass and Billy Martin on drums and tambourine. Medeski Martin & Wood as trio being an American avant-jazz-funk band formed in 1991.
The Groove Surgeons are great fans of John Scofield’s music, particularly in this unit. Medeski Martin and Wood provide unique ,spacious, quirky groove that creates an environment perfect for Scofield to demonstrate his mastery of equally eccentric but highly compelling guitar playing. For us, this tune is perfect. Great head, great breaks and powerful, interesting groove that permits the space for creativity.
We work from the album form of the song but when performing live will create breaks that could go wherever the band feels inspired. Because we also have more instruments you will find that our overall approach to instrumentation is different with harmony’s split between keys and guitar and head lead parts and over conversational undertaken by the horns alongside keys and guitar.
Here is the original album version of John’s classic tune, A Go Go:
The sound of this album and tune is quite unique. The combination of the MM&W trio spacey, intriguing groove gives power to John’s unique, jaunty, angular guitar approach in this tune. Space and it’s utilization is central to the tune’s character.
The Groove Surgeons adopt a similar approach to A Go Go although this may vary depending upon the size of our band. When working as a four piece, we will tend to lean more on this original version whereas as the band expands in size, we see the horns taking the lead roles with occasional support from keys and guitar, with both instruments looking to inject interest into the drum and bass groove.