Up All Night (John Scofield album)

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Up All Night
John Scofield Up All Night.jpg
Studio album by The John Scofield Band
Released May 20, 2003 (US) (CD)
Recorded December 2002–January 2003
Long View Studios, Massachusetts, United States
Genre Jazz fusion, jazz funk
Length (CD)
Label Verve Records
Producer John Scofield, Joe Ferla, Avi Bortnick, Jason Olaine
The John Scofield Band chronology
Up All Night
EnRoute: John Scofield Trio LIVE
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Pop Matters [2]
All About Jazz (very favorable)[3]

Up All Night is an album by The John Scofield Band, released in 2003 as jazz guitarist John Scofield's sixth album for the Verve label, and the second for the band. For this recording, the band included second guitarist Avi Bortnick and drummer Adam Deitch, both of whom were also featured on the band's debut recording Überjam. The recording also features bassist Andy Hess, who replaced Jesse Murphy in the band after Überjam was recorded.. The quartet is backed by a four-person horn section on six of the tracks. The recording features The Dramatics 1971 hit "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get," the only track that is not an original. Five of the songs on the album were written by Scofield, and five were co-written by Scofield and the band.

Critical reception[edit]

On AllAboutJazz Farrell Lowe begins his review “The Freaky Deaky is back!,” referring to Scofield's time playing with Miles Davis, “this is the most inspired playing I have heard from John Scofield in many years.”[3] “Scofield inhabits a place in which the cerebral and the funky ... form an alliance and work together for the common good,” Alex Henderson writes in his four-star-review on AllMusic, and concludes: “Up All Night is a consistently engaging addition to his sizable catalog.”[1] Whereas on JazzTimes Nate Chinen writes in his critique, “Scofield and crew acquit themselves flawlessly to the material, but ... there are no real clunkers on the album (despite a cheeky "Watch Out for Po-Po," which comes close). ... What seems to be missing is the edgy sensibility of a band reaching beyond its limits. It should serve as a testament to Scofield that those borders have already been stretched to the extreme.”[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs arranged by John Scofield

  1. "Philiopiety" (John Scofield, Avi Bortnick, Adam Deitch, Yusef Lateef) – 6:23
  2. "Watch Out for Po-Po" (Scofield, Bortnick, Deitch, Jesse Murphy) – 6:04
  3. "Creeper" (Scofield) – 7:27
  4. "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" (Tony Hester) – 5:53
  5. "I'm Listening" (Scofield, Bortnick, Deitch, Murphy) – 2:58
  6. "Thikhathali" (Scofield, Bortnick, Deitch, Murphy) – 6:58
  7. "Four on the Floor" (Scofield) – 6:03
  8. "Like the Moon" (Scofield) – 6:40
  9. "Freakin' Disco" (Scofield, Bortnick, Deitch) – 8:21
  10. "Born in Troubled Times" (Scofield) – 4:56
  11. "Every Night Is Ladies Night" (Scofield) – 5:27



  1. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. Up All Night at AllMusic. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  2. ^ http://www.popmatters.com/music/reviews/s/scofield-upallnight.shtml
  3. ^ a b Lowe, Farrell (6 October 2003). "John Scofield Band: Up All Night". allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Up All Night review by Nate Chinen on JazzTimes.com, July/August 2003. Retrieved 9 December 2013.