Picks and Pans Review: Grace Under Pressure

updated 09/14/1992 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/14/1992 01:00AM

John Scofield

Everyone knows the rapture of hearing music in a dream—lilting, loping, beguiling and then you wake up. Grace is like that, except it doesn't vanish if a garbage truck wails outside.

The dream weavers are two of the reigning wizards of the electric guitar: Scofield, 40, a noted Miles Davis alum, and his partner here, Bill Frisell, 40. Their rapport with each other and with bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Joey Baron is telepathic. Scofield's texture is more glistening, Frisell's raspier, but the way they entwine and carom, darting through the thickets, spinning gossamer melodies, if can be hard to tell who's who. Grace has the elasticity and vividness of a dream. But you can play it back again and again. (Blue Note)

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